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Eurasian Wren

European Bee-eater
Eurasian Wigeon

About the Eurasian Wren

The Eurasian Wren is a small species of Wren closely related to the Winter Wren and Pacific Wren, both found in North America. In 2010, some taxonomic authorities split the former Winter Wren or Wren into these three species.

The Eurasian Wren is known simply as Wren in most English-speaking parts of its range. It is found across much of Europe, and eastern Asia. It is also found in parts of the Middle East and northern Africa.

In the folklore of Europe, the Wren is often associated with royalty. It is sometimes known as the King of Birds and was featured in the writings of the Brothers Grimm, Aristotle, and Aesop.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 June 2015
Scientific Name Troglodytes troglodytes
  • Passeriformes
  • Troglodytidae
  • Troglodytes
  • T. troglodytes
Birdorable Family Nuthatches & Wrens
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 11 October 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
3.5 to 4.1 inches
.2 to .35 ounces
Range East Asia Central Asia West Asia South Europe North Europe East Europe West Europe North Africa

International Names

  • 鹪鹩 (Chinese)
  • střízlík obecný (Czech)
  • Gærdesmutte (Danish)
  • Winterkoning (Dutch)
  • peukaloinen (Finnish)
  • Troglodyte mignon (French)
  • Zaunkönig (German)
  • Scricciolo comune (Italian)
  • ミソサザイ [misosazai] (Japanese)
  • 굴뚝새 (Korean)
  • Gjerdesmett (Norwegian)
  • strzyzyk zwyczajny (Polish)
  • Carriça (Portuguese)
  • Крапивник (Russian)
  • Chochín Común (Spanish)
  • Gärdsmyg (Swedish)

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