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One European species, with more in North America. Wrens are round-bodied, short-tailed and short-winged, with pointed bills and quite strong feet. They explore shady, overgrown places low down, on or near the ground, for small insects and spiders. They are well known for their unusually loud, vibrant songs. Males make several nests, from which the female chooses one in which to lay her eggs.


The wren is a tiny brown bird, although it is heavier, less slim, than the even smaller goldcrest. It is dumpy, almost rounded, with a fine bill, quite long legs and toes, very short round wings and a... More...


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