House Wren

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Common Name: House Wren

Scientific Name: Troglodytes aedon

Size: 4-5 inches (11-13cm)

Habitat: North and South America; its range is throughout North America and part of South America from forest to urban settings.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 10,000,000 mature adults. Increasing population and common. Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 in the United States.

Diet: Insects.

Breeding: Male and female look alike. They built nests of twigs and sticks lined with softer materials in tree cavities or nest boxes. They lay 3 to 10 eggs.

Cool Facts: The House Wren will destroy eggs of other species nesting in nest boxes. A male may build decoy nests to confuse predators. A male House Wren decides where to build the nest. Often a nest is built with more than 400 sticks. When the rough construction is complete, he advertises it to possible mates. When a female pairs with him, she takes over nest building and adds the nest cup and lining. Young male House Wrens are likely to build nests close to older, more experienced males in order to learn the ropes of fatherhood. The House Wren has one of the largest ranges of any songbird in the New World. It breeds from Canada, through the West Indies, through Central America, southward to the southernmost point of South America. Some of the subspecies living south of the United States have been considered as separate species.

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