The wren in Eurasia, Troglodytes troglodytes
Scientific classification
Swainson, 1832
The marsh wren, Cistothorus palustris, one of the many American wrens

The wrens are passerine birds in the mainly New World family Troglodytidae. There are about 80 species in about 20 genera.

Originally, the word 'wren' was (and still is) used for the species found in Europe, western Asia and North Africa. The word came into English after a long history in the Germanic languages. The bird's scientific name is Troglodytes troglodytes.[1][2] When European biologists got to the Americas, they soon realised that the family of wrens has many species, and is mainly an American family of birds.

Most wrens are about 10 centimetres (4 inches) long, brown (both sexes), and has a short bill that curves slightly down.[2] Its wings are round and it has a short tail.


Its song is a gushing burst of sweet music, loud and emphatic. It has an enormous voice for its size, ten times louder, weight for weight, than a cockerel. Its song may sometimes be confused for the dunnock, which has warble that is shorter and weaker. The wren's song also has trill sounds, which the dunnock does not. The male has a long and complex song, with a series of tinkling trills one after the other for seconds on end.[3]

When this bird is annoyed or excited, its call runs into an emphatic churr, like clockwork running down.

Other Languages
Ænglisc: Wrenna
العربية: نمنمة
asturianu: Troglodytidae
brezhoneg: Troglodytidae
català: Troglodítid
Cebuano: Troglodytidae
dansk: Smutter
davvisámegiella: Bealgelottit
Deutsch: Zaunkönige
English: Wren
español: Troglodytidae
Esperanto: Trogloditedoj
euskara: Troglodytidae
français: Troglodytidae
Frysk: Tomkes
Gaeilge: Dreoilín
한국어: 굴뚝새류
हिन्दी: पिद्दी
Bahasa Indonesia: Wren
italiano: Troglodytidae
עברית: גדרוניים
қазақша: Үңгіректер
Кыргызча: Корголдойлор
lietuvių: Karetaitiniai
Bahasa Melayu: Burung ren
Nederlands: Winterkoningen
Nedersaksies: Troglodytidae
norsk nynorsk: Gjerdesmettfamilien
polski: Strzyżyki
português: Troglodytidae
svenska: Gärdsmygar
українська: Воловоочкові
Tiếng Việt: Họ Tiêu liêu
Winaray: Troglodytidae
中文: 鹪鹩科