House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Code 4

HOWR

Code 6

TROAED

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The House Wren has a current rating of Least Concern. The previous rating for the House Wren was Lower Risk. The Lower Risk rating was downgraded to a Least Concern rating as a result of the population and range of the House Wren. The range of the House Wren is estimated to be about 25 million square kilometers. The population of the House Wren is approximately 21 million individual birds. The House Wren is native to South America, Central America and North America. There are not any known threats facing the House Wren at this time.

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SUMMARY

Overview

House Wren: Small wren with brown head, nape, and back showing very fine dark brown bars, faint white eyebrows, and gray-brown underparts with fine brown bars on flanks and below tail. Wings and tail are brown with darker bars. Brown-throated Wrens have a bolder eyebrow and a darker throat. Northern birds are grayer overall with baring on the flanks. Southern birds have light brown upperparts and buff underparts. Bill is thin and slightly decurved.


Range and Habitat

House Wren: Breeds from southern Canada southward to central California, central New Mexico, northern Arkansas, and northern Georgia. Other forms are found from Mexico southward throughout South America and the West Indies. Winters in the southern U.S. and Mexico. Preferred habitats include open woodlands, forest edges, forest openings, shrubby areas and farmlands.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"cheh-cheh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • House Wrens are fiercely territorial, they have been known to destroy bluebird and other cavity nester's eggs by piercing them, and then often removing the eggs from the nest.
  • There have been occasional reports of House Wrens killing young nestlings (4-5 days old) or throwing them out of the nest.
  • House Wrens live up to 7 years in the wild.
  • A group of wrens has many collective nouns, including a "chime", "flight", "flock", and "herd" of wrens.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for House Wren

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X