House Wren

(Troglodytes aedon)

Conservation Status
House Wren
Photo by Bill Reynolds
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

4½ to 5 in length

6 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Thickets, woodland edges and openings

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late April to mid-October

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Troglodytidae (wrens)  
 

Genus

Troglodytes (wrens)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Up to 33 subspecies have been described. However, recent DNA analysis shows several of those to be separate species, others geographically isolated intergrades of Brown-throated Wren (Troglodytes brunneicollis), and others poorly differentiated and therefor merged with Eastern House Wren (Troglodytes aedon aedon). Currently only two subspecies are recognized.

 
       
 

Eastern House Wren (Troglodytes aedon aedon)

Western House Wren (Troglodytes aedon parkmanii)

 
       
 

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  House Wren    
       
Norm & Peg Dibble
       

Wren feeding chick, July 2016, surrounded by my tall Queen of the Prairie plants.

  House Wren    
       
Wayne Rasmussen
       
  House Wren    
       
Bill Reynolds
       
  House Wren    
       

This is a House Wren Chick. It had just exited the nest box and was struggle to stay on the branch.

  House Wren    
       
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  House Wren
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
  House Wren  
     
  Western House Wren
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  Western House Wren  

 

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  House Wren singing
seahue
 
   
 
About

Published on May 4, 2011

The first time I've seen a house wren!!!

I heard a beautiful singing coming from outside my window and spotted this beautiful little bird! I'm pretty sure it is a house wren...correct me if i'm wrong.

It is very rare for me to get a bird singing so I am very excited to have the honor:)

I also saw two other birds I've never seen before...all in one day!

A chipping sparrow couple and a wood thrush. Also the grosbeak has returned and I saw the female towhee!

   
       
  House Wren
Don DesJardin
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Mar 14, 2010

A short video showing this little bird with a big voice singing his heart out for a mate. March 2010, Ventura County, California, USA.

http://birdsdesjardin.com

   
       
  House Wren (Troglodytidae: Troglodytes aedon) Male Singing
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 23, 2009

Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (23 June 2009).

   
       
  House Wren Sings the song of the day
Bryan Wells
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 30, 2006

Turn up the volume and enjoy the sights and sounds of a house wren as it sings to find a mate and builds a nest in a bird house.

Be sure to see all the other wildlife videos from my home area!

   
       
  Singing House Wren
Ron Monner
 
   
 
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Published on Oct 30, 2012

House Wren singing in a tree on a sunny morning.

   
       

 

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Gregory Gilman
5/20/2019

Location: Rochester, MN

House Wren


Norm & Peg Dibble
July 2016

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Wren feeding chick, July 2016, surrounded by my tall Queen of the Prairie plants.

House Wren


Wayne Rasmussen
8/8/2014

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

House Wren


Bill Reynolds
6/30/2012

 

House Wren


Bill Reynolds
7/4/2008

Location: Pennington Co.

This is a House Wren Chick. It had just exited the nest box and was struggle to stay on the branch.

House Wren


     
     
 
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