16 Amazing Facts About Wren Birds and Their Breed
- Wren birds are so small. They average under 10 cm (3.9 in) and 9 g (0.32 oz). The giant one averages about 22 cm (8.7 in) and weighs almost 50 g (1.8 oz).
- They are very energetic and able to fly fast and close to the ground.
- Wren birds’ scientific name is Troglodytes, which means “cave dweller”. It refers to their behavior who like to construct nest with only a small opening.
- ‘Wren’ itself is the English name which comes from wrenne in Middle English, and wrænna in Old English. Yes, it’s already there from around eighth-century. Old enough, huh?
- Wait, it’s actually older than that. Wren first recorded in Anglo-Saxon times, from fossil evidence from the last Ice Age or around 10 until 120.000 years ago. Now it has around 35 to 44 different subspecies that have been identified across the globe with different sizes, colors, and extent of barring.
- Wren bird also appears in folklore such as Greek legend and earned the name of “the king of the birds”. The story behind that is Wren bird is known as a bird who is fly higher than an eagle by clinging to eagle’s back and only flying off when the larger bird tired. That’s what we called a ‘treated like a king’, right?
- Are you scared with spider? Say no more because Wren bird will eat away your fear. Wren eats spiders and small insects from larvae until worms and sometimes seeds that scattered in the ground.
- We do have to treat Wren as a king because killing Wren or even harassing its nest is associated with bad luck, such as broken bones, injury to cattle, and lightning strikes your homes. Yikes.
- Wrens have lifespan between 5 and 10 years.
- Wren bird might be small but it has an astonishingly loud complex song, sometimes even given in duet by a pair. Compared to other British birds, Wren bird is counted as the bird with the loudest song. So if you are into a quieter bird to keep as a pet, you probably want to pick another pet bird that won’t bother you like owl or sparrow.
- Due to their small bodies, Wren can lose their heat quickly. This makes Wren prone to cold weather. They don’t migrate so their population can be devastated by severe winter. But the good thing is, they have high egg productivity. Wren lays between one and nine eggs, which means the numbers able to recover after a few periods.
- Wren usually lives in solitary or in pairs but some tropical species may occur in a group of up to 20 birds.
- They are such womanizers! Some species are monogamous, but some others are males with several females, or polygamous. European wrens, the only species that are found outside the Americas, are the example of polygamous one.
- During breed season, the male will construct a lot of nests from 6-12 nests in tree cavities. Then the females will choose the best one and line it with moss or feathers. A lot of nest in the tree, but only one of the best is used by the females!
- As it is not enough to call them the king, Wrens have a special day named after them! Wren Day is celebrated on 26 December, St. Stephen’s Day. People will celebrate them by “hunting” a fake Wren and using it as a decoration.
- Oh wait, they also appeared in the back of South Carolina’s state quarter. Yes, the Carolina wren has been the national bird since 1948. No wonder why they are so popular, right?
Regularly in North America, there are some of Wren species divided mostly based on their habitat. There are The winter wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), the house wren (Troglodytes aedon), Bewick’s wren (Thryomanes bewickii), the long-billed marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris), the Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus), the rock wren (Salpinctes obsoletus), and the largest one is the cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus).
That’s all the 16 amazing facts about Wren and their breeds. So, are you interested to keep Wren bird as a pet? But remember that some species of Wren is counted as a wild bird and some authorities do not let you keep a wild bird in a cage because that is counted as illegal. It is highly recommended to give it to the proper authorities when it is found.
That’s okay, though! You still can pick other types of birds for you to bring back home. For example, you can pick a Cockatiel who has gentle personalities and able to speak and sing. Or if you want a bird with an easy treatment, you can go to Finch Bird.
You can also have the exotic bird from Cockatoo with its colorful feathers until the majestic Parrot to keep it as a new friend in your home! After all, remember that some type of animal, especially the wild one, always belongs to the wild of nature. We can always be having fun without breaking any laws and doing illegal things by harming the wild animal, right?