Wren - Troglodytes Troglodytes
The Wren is a small Passerine, this order of birds are renowned for the ability to perch and for the song singing, and equates for half of the species of all types of birds in the world. Despite it’s size the Wren is the loudest song bird in the UK.
An active little bird, you can find them hurrying and scurrying in the undergrowth bordering hedges and gardens. The humble Wren’s Latin name means ‘Cave Dweller”, but really the male Wren makes a series of nests until the female chooses one to breed in, although as busy little fellows the male rarely aids in rearing young and has many female friends. In Winter they nest communally with as many as 10 birds in one nest box.
Wren’s are rich in folkloric charm, with their being the tradition of ‘Wren Hunting’ taking place between Christmas and Epiphany in rural Britain. Where as in Greek legend they are the King of birds, after one rode on the back of an Eagle, and succeeding in flying higher.