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Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

Description:
The wren is just 10 centimetres long and has a short tail that is often raised vertically. It is reddish brown above and brownish white below. The pointed beak is quite long and slightly curved downwards.

Habitat:
Resident in most of Europe, the wren migrates only from the northern parts of its range. It lives in woodland with dense undergrowth, overgrown clearings, shrubland and gardens.

Habits:
The wren’s Latin name Troglodytes, meaning “cave-dweller”, refers to its habit of disappearing into cavities or crevices while hunting for insects, or to roost. Its ball-shaped nest is made of grass and moss, tucked into a hole in a wall or tree trunk. It has a very loud voice for its size, and its song is a burst of sweet music.

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