Eurasian Wren

Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
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The Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is a tiny songbird with a surprisingly loud and vibrant song. Often simply called ‘wren’ in the UK, this species is common throughout the British Isles and Europe, and can often be heard singing in urban gardens. Although often considered a ‘European’ species, its distribution stretches beyond Europe across the Asian continent as far as Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, hence the name ‘Eurasian’ Wren.

The song of the Eurasian Wren is a rich, complex series of tinkling trills and whistles. It also makes short, sharp ‘tac’ contact calls. Only the male wren is known to sing.

The very similar Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) replaces this species in North America and has a similar song but with distinctly different phrase patterns and timbre.