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Winter Wren
Troglodytes troglodytes

Wrens
Wren Family (Troglodytidae)

Size: Length: 11.5 cm Wingspan: 14-17 cm

Description: A common breeder in the Rockies, the winter wren is our only common member of this family. If you see a wren-like bird, it is likely the winter wren. Like all wrens, it has a slightly down curved bill and a vertically erect tail. It has a dark reddish-brown upper body, lightly barred with dusky. There is a narrow, buff coloured eyebrow line. The undersides are pale brown, becoming darker towards the abdomen and flanks, and becoming barred with dusky. The call is an amazingly long, up to 8 seconds or more, sequence of high, trilling, rapid notes. According to one source, a winter wren in Oregon had a song composed of more than 300 individual notes. They prefer moist coniferous forests, particularly subalpine Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir forests, where they forage for insects and other invertebrates. They favour wood boring beetles. The nest is often in the opening beneath the roots of dead trees, however it may also be higher up the tree in a woodpecker hole. The male has a curious habit of building several decoy nests prior to egg laying.

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