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House Wren
Troglodytes aedon

Wrens
Wren Family (Troglodytidae)

Size: Length: 11.5-13.5 cm Wingspan: 15-18 cm

Description: Rare in the Rockies, the house wren is very familiar to Americans. It is common across the continental U.S. It is a dark wren, often with its tail held perpendicular to the body. Its upper surface is dark, mottled brown. Its beak is slightly down-curved with a light lower mandible. It has a faint eyebrow. The tail is brown, barred with black. The breast is light, tinged with gray-brown and lightly barred with dusk. Look for the house wren in deciduous forests and shrublands, and especially near humans. They nest in cavities of any form, from woodpecker holes, to cow skulls. The male usually arrives before the female, and builds several dummy nests. The female may later select one of these, or helps the male build a new one. They usually have two, and occasionally three, broods each year. The males are very territorial, and will destroy the nests of other birds it feels are too close to its own.

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