The Wren, Some Amazing Facts About Our Commonest BirdKeith
The Wren, Some Amazing Facts
The wren can be recognized by its tail which points upward and its darting flight.
It is a difficult bird to spot due to its brown colouring and being a small size. They are also shy and secretive by nature. The easiest way to find one is by listening to its loud musical trills and harsh clicks.
The wren has a slightly curved bill for searching in tree trunks and on the ground for insects. Their colour is brown and grey, plus black and white markings on their wings face and tail. The the male and female are similar in colour and a young wrens feathers are somewhat lighter.
They feed feed mainly on insects, eating the larvae as well as the adults. Due to its specialised diet, it is not easy to provide the right food for the wren on the usual garden bird tables. Special soft-bill food can be purchased from garden stores to encourage them to land and feed in your garden.
The main threat to this bird comes from cold weather. They do not migrate, so long periods with minus temperatures and snow-covered ground usually reduces their population. Because they have such small bodies they lose heat quickly and soon die if they cant find food during a winter.
60 plus wrens were counted entering one nest box in Britain during a severe winter.
The wren family originates from the Americas and the rest of the world’s species are found there.
It earned its name as ‘king of the birds’ in folklore. It flew higher than an eagle, by clinging to its back and only flying off when the larger bird tired.
It used to be customary on St. Stephen’s Day which is 26th December to stone a wren to death to commemorate the execution of St. Stephens.