Wren


The wren is a relatively shy garden bird and is often heard in gardens but not so easily seen. This is because wrens prefer to feed and nest in dense undergrowth and are likely to visit gardens with hedgerows or that are close to brambles or other dense plants.

This small bird can be very easy to identify once it has been located and looks more impressive on close inspection. It has an overall earthy brown plumage with a tail that shows shades of red. These shades of red are also apparent on the wings in places, though they are accompanied by regular small dots of black. The breast of the wren is lighter in colour than the rest of its body with a mottled white effect. This effect becomes stronger and lighter as it meets the white stripe above the wren's eye.

Feeding Habits

The main diet of the wren consists of insects and spiders. In nesting season it is an eradicator of many insect larvae which are considered pests including the larvae of the winter moth. It is unlikely to find a Wren visiting Garden Feeders, however when food is scarce or during the breeding season live mealworms are likely to be taken.