Latin name - Troglodytes troglodytes
Although a very tiny bird (9-10cm long, 12-17cm wingspan, 7-12g weight) the Wren is not the UK's smallest bird, with both the Goldcrest and the Firecrest being smaller. You can see Wrens right across the UK as it is the UK's commonest breeding bird except after a hard winter when its numbers can suffer a sharp decline. The sexes are similar with finely barred plumage, the upper-parts are a rich brown, the under-parts pale, it has a tiny plump body and a short tail which is always held cocked up. They like areas of thick undergrowth such as woodland, hedgerows, farmland, gardens and parks where it not only nests but finds its diet of insects and spiders. Wrens have an amazingly loud song and they sing throughout the year, a rapid, loud warble.