Eurasian Wren

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 14 June 2015
Scientific Name
Troglodytes troglodytes
  • Passeriformes
  • Troglodytidae
  • Troglodytes
  • T. troglodytes
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 12 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
3.5 to 4.1 inches
.2 to .35 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 鹪鹩
Czech (Cesky) střízlík obecný
Danish (Dansk) Gærdesmutte
Dutch (Nederlands) Winterkoning
Finnish (Suomi) peukaloinen
French (Français) Troglodyte mignon
German (Deutsch) Zaunkönig
Italian (Italiano) Scricciolo comune
Japanese (日本語) ミソサザイ [misosazai]
Korean (한국어) 굴뚝새
Norwegian (Norsk) Gjerdesmett
Polish (Polski) strzyzyk zwyczajny
Portuguese (Português) Carriça
Russian (русский язык) Крапивник
Spanish (Español) Chochín Común
Swedish (Svenska) Gärdsmyg
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