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Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

The Wren is one of the smallest birds in Europe. It looks quite funny: a round body and a very small tail, held upright most of the time. It is often seen running through high vegetation in a mouse like way. In our garden it seldom comes to our feeding table and if it does the visits lasts a few moments only. The Wren is the only European representative of the Wren family (Troglodytidae). The picture is of rather poor quality, alas.

This is one of the tiniest birds in Holland. It's lively, sings beautifully and seems to be totally ignoring people. This means that it doesn't show any fear for people, but it doesn't care about people either. We rarely ever see it on our feeding table, which actually is a shame, because it's a pretty little bird. The Dutch name of the bird means King of Winter, as this is one of the first birds to sing and in warm winters it even doesn't stop singing altogether and then can be heard as the only singing bird, hence the name. Funny about the bird's behavior is that the male in spring builds a few nests and then the female bird chooses one of these to put the eggs in. The bird belongs to a separate family and of this family it is the only European representative.

This bird belongs to the family of Wrens (Troglodytidae). It is very common in our garden and can be seen in Holland all year round. The bird is 4" and weighs 9 grams. It lives in bushes, woodlands, gardens and parks mostly. It eats insects. The sexes do not differ from one another. THis birds builds its nest almost everywhere between April and July. It lays five to seven eggs at a time. It takes the eggs 15 days to hatch. After which period the chicks remain inside the nest for another 17 days, which is quite some time for such a very small bird. The bird is also referred to as European Wren or simply Wren.

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