The King of Birds

Birdorable Winter Wren as King

The Eurasian Wren is found several times in European and Asian folklore.

The Wren, as it simply known in English-speaking parts of its range, is the star of the Grimm fairy tale "The Willow-Wren and the Bear." The Wren is called "King of the Winds" in Japan. The Druids considered the Wren to be a supreme bird, and Aristotle also had high praise for this little bird. According to one of Aesop's fables, the Wren is the "King of the Birds." The Wren earned this title by outsmarting the other birds, namely the high-flying Eagle.

The regal little Eurasian Wren has been on Birdorable since June, 2015. Prior to that time it was included on Birdorable as a lumped species with the Pacific Wren and the Winter Wren, both of North America. This post has been edited to reflect these changes.

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Comments

Wren on June 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM wrote:
I like the crown. Must look for one in my size.
Louise Warner on March 22, 2017 at 3:31 PM wrote:
eurasian wren/"king of the winds"?
Jasper on September 7, 2022 at 9:32 PM wrote:
Hi there, doing a bit of research on wren global folklore, I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of where you found out the wren is known as king of the winds in japanese?
SPURWING PLOVER on January 19, 2024 at 12:43 PM wrote:
Wrens like long sticks for their nest and will build it any suitable place like in Audubon's House Wren in a old hat

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