Sunday, 23 August 2009

Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Adult Eurasian Wren (subspecies T. t. indigenus) at Geddington, Northants - August 2010

OTHER NAMES: Wren, Jenny Wren
Featured Subspecies: Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus
Weight: 8-12g
Length: 10cm
Wingspan: 12-16cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Although technically the most common bird in Britain, the Wren isn't necessarily the very easiest to see, and it certainly isn't the easiest to photograph. It is the third smallest bird in Britain, after the firecrest and goldcrest but is far more numerous than either. It spends most of it's time on the ground or in low branches, and I sometimes mistake it for a rodent of some sort when I see some creeping little brown thing amoung the leaf litter out the corner of my eye. Though just a little brown bird, its perky stance and twitchy method of movement make it quite characterful, while these same traits play havok with trying to get a camera to autofocus on one.


Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Troglodytes
Subspecies: T. t. islandicus, T. t. borealis, T. t. zetlandicus, T. t. fridariensis, T. t. hirtensis, T. t. hebridensis, T. t. indigenus, T. t. troglodytes, T. t. kabylorum, T. t. koenigi, T. t. juniperi, T. t. cypriotes, T. t. hyrcanus, T. t. zagrossiensis, T. t. tianschanicus, T. t. subpallidus, T. t. magrathi, T. t. neglectus, T. t. nipalensis, T. t. idius, T. t. szetschuanus, T. t. talifuensis, T. t. dauricus, T. t. pallescens, T. t. kurilensis, T. t. fumigatus, T. t. mosukei, T. t. ogawae,  T. t. taivanus

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - The most abundant British bird - a resident breeding species (8,600,000 territories)
 - Seen at many sites including Rutland WaterTrevose HeadRainham Marshes and Geddington.

Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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