Wrens (Family: Troglodytidae)

All about birds in the family Troglodytidae... the wrens. They're small, they're perky, they're brown.

August 18, 2022

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Wrens (Family: Troglodytidae)


This is Episode 58. It's all about birds in the family Troglodytidae. These are the wrens.

Wrens are small, perky songbirds, most of which are some shade of brown.

All the species in this family of birds are found in the New World—In North, Central, and South America. All of them, that is, except for one species found in the Old World.

In this episode, we'll cover many aspects of wren biology: their behavior, voices, diversity, evolution, conservation, and breeding.

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Photos of Some Species Mentioned

Giant Wrens (Capylorhynchus chiapensis), otherwise known as chupahuevo. Photo by adkonings/iNaturalist
Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) in borb mode. Photo by Alexis Lours/Wikimedia.
Superciliated Wren (Cantorchilus superciliaris). Photo by adcdefgewing/iNaturalist.
Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus). Photo by annette shaff/Adobe.
Plain-tailed Wren (Pheugopedius euophrys). Photo by Browerk/Wikimedia.
Bay Wren (Cantorchilus nigricapillus). Photo by pointrond/iNaturalist.
The endangered Apolinar's Wren (Cistothorus apolinari). Photo by omarjavier48/iNaturalist.
House wren (Troglodytes aedon). Photo by phylogenomics/iNaturalist.


  • Bewick's Wren sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC109856)
  • Marsh Wren sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC479936)
  • Eurasian Wren sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC474428)
  • Pacific Wren sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC656397)
  • Canyon Wren sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC297532)
  • Peruvian Wren sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC296707)
  • Musician Wren sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC242524)
  • Inca Wren sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC296538)
  • Plain-tailed Wren sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC242937)

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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