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About the Pacific Wren

The Pacific Wren is a small wren found across western parts of North America. In 2010, the Pacific Wren was split, taxonomically, from the eastern Winter Wren and the Eurasian Wren of the Old World. Not all naming authorities recognize this taxonomic change.

The Genus name Troglodytes comes from a Greek word meaning "cave-dweller". Pacific Wrens spend a lot of time on the ground where they forage for food. Sometimes they dip into dark places on the forest floor, like inside fallen tree trunks, or under debris piles. They will also roost inside such cavities, and are known to roost communally in very cold weather.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 June 2015
Scientific Name T. pacificus
  • Passeriformes
  • Troglodytidae
  • Troglodytes
  • T. pacificus
Birdorable Family Nuthatches & Wrens
Units: Imperial Metric
3.1 to 4.7 inches
4.7 to 6.3 inches
.3 to .4 ounces
Range United States (West) North America

International Names

  • Pacifische Winterkoning (Dutch)
  • Troglodyte de Baird (French)
  • strzyżyk kordylierski (Polish)
  • Stillahavsgärdsmyg (Swedish)