Wren – Troglodytes troglodytes

Easily recognised by their small size and cocked tail, Wrens can be spotted across the UK all year round. They are least commonly found in upland areas, in places such as Scotland and northern England.

Identification

Adult: The adult Wren has a barred, chestnut-coloured back and wings, with distinctive pale eyebrows. With a pale breast and some barring on its flanks, it has an almost rounded body, short, round wings and a short, narrow tail.
Size: 9–10cm.
Bill: Brown, short and thin.
Legs: Brown, medium length.
Habitat: Gardens, marshes, heaths, sea cliffs, woodland and hedges.
Behaviour: Flits and hops, perches openly, takes off/lands on vegetation or ground.
Flocking: 1–2.
Flight: Laboured but direct.
Voice: Repeated tic – tic and clink and a Ioud, ripping warble, ending in a wheezing chur.

Breeding

Nest: Holes in banks.
Eggs: 5–8. White with red speckles.
Incubation period: 14–17 days.
Fledgeling: 15–20 days.
Broods: 1. April–May.
Food: Insects and seeds.
UK breeding pairs: 7.9 million.

Suggested feed

Countrywide No Mess Premium Wild Bird, Countrywide Dried Mealworms.

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