House wren
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Troglodytes
Species: Troglodytes aedon
The House wren, or Troglodytes aedon, is a member of the Troglodytidae family of birds. It can be found from southern Canada to Mexico, but is not generally found nesting in the Southeastern States of the U.S. This small bird is highly competitive when it comes to nesting, and often invades nests of other wrens and songbirds, killing their young. Although these small birds are fighters, they have a beautiful and soothing song. 


House wren males and females are very much alike in appearance. They have brown feathers covering their bodies, and grayish-brown upperparts. The House wren's contour feathers have a narrow black bar running along them. They have a narrow and slightly decurved beak that is dark gray. Their bellies are usually a creamy white, or a light brown color.


House wrens are generally seen in pairs, or alone, but never in flocks. They are loud and conspicuous birds that often go into a scolding chatter. One of the most noticeable behavioral feautres of this bird is that its tail is constantly cocked upward. All House wrens, except for ones in the Southwestern U.S., are highly migratory.


This species of wren is not commonly found at feeders. They usually feed on insects, spiders, millipedes, and snails.


Both sexes build the nest. Their nest is built from sticks, hair, feathers, cocoons, and other fine materials. The nests can be found in almost any place, such as a cavity of a tree, bird boxes, abandoned holes, animal skulls, and watering cans. The male House Wren first builds various dummy nests, and then the female assists him in choosing one to complete. They lay 5-9 white eggs with brown flecks. Their nests are commonly found in wooded environments, shrubs, farmlands, suburbs, gardens, and parks.

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