Dictionary » W » Wren



1. (Science: ornithology) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to troglodytes and numerous allied of the family Troglodytidae.

Among the species best known are the house wren (troglodytes aedon) common in both Europe and America, and the American winter wren (T. Hiemalis). See also Cactus wren, marsh wren, and rock wren, under Cactus, Marsh, and Rock.

2. (Science: ornithology) Any one of numerous species of small singing birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and habits.

Among these are several species of European warblers; as, the reed wren (see Reed warbler, under Reed), the sedge wren, see Sedge warbler, the willow wren (see Willow warbler, the golden-crested wren, and the ruby-crowned wren (see kinglet). Ant wren, any one of numerous south American birds of the family Formicaridae, allied to the ant thrushes. Blue wren, a small Australian singing bird (Malurus cyaneus), the male of which in the breeding season is bright blue. Called also superb warbler. Emu wren. Wren babbler, any one of numerous species of small timaline birds belonging to Alcippe, Stachyris, Timalia, and several allied genera. These birds are common in southern asia and the East Indies. Wren tit. See ground wren. Wren warbler, any one of several species of small Asiatic and african singing birds belonging to Prinia and allied genera. These birds are closely allied to the tailor birds, and build their nests in a [[simi 4be lar]] manner. See also pincpinc.

Origin: OE. Wrenne, AS. Wrenna, wraenna, perhaps akin to wrne lascivious.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

Results from our forum

Re: Species vs Race?

... different species, but when suitable mates are not available, classifications without distict boundaries will sometimes make due. Obviously not a Wren with a Bald Eagle, but do we know where the lines are drawn? A Carolina wren and a Jenny wren? Wren and Sparrrow? The "Zeedonk", "Liger", ...

See entire post
by geb
Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Species vs Race?
Replies: 26
Views: 26809

The Fiber Disease

... As part of their research, Dr Nick Waterfield and Professor Richard ffrench-Constant [correct] from the University of Bath, and Professor Brendan Wren, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, are studying a new disease-causing (pathogenic) bacterium that has been identified in ...

See entire post
by London
Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:08 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
Replies: 7403
Views: 6245202

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 2,514 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link