Monday, 16 May 2016

Brown, tiny and a pain to find: Eurasian Wren

Wrens are small, and inconspicuous except for their loud songs. There are a total of 80 species worldwide and out of that only one, that is Eurasian Wren that is "old world’ and occurs in India, The range extending basically along Himalayas from Iran, Afghanistan across till Japan.  These birds have short wings and thin down-turned bills. Several species out of these hold their tail upright. All are insectivorous.

The small little Eurasian Wren in its typical Himalayan Habitat
Small tail, down curved bill...


This bird is almost as familiar in Europe as the robin. It is mouse like and the best tell tale of this bird is the song.
Great lighting, good pose, wonderful patience, it finally stood there - in a studio settings to give me a awesome shot...
Highly polygynous and it is believed to be unusual mating habit for passerines. The Eurasian Wren at 9 cm is tiny - and funny to watch as it has a small tail. We were birding in Sikkim and it was just short of Zuluk (above 10,000 feet) when we came across this single wren. The bird got discovered due to its call and after we stopped, it did take us some time to spot it. Once spotted however - it was a paparazzi friendly bird. It posed to our complete satisfaction - taking us even to the small cave that it must have been residing. 

It moved in and out of the nooks and corners with the ease of a mouse...
This brings us to the interesting fact about this bird - the scientific name is Troglodytes Troglodytes - that name is taken from Greek word ‘Troglodytes’ - that means ‘Cave-dweller’. We saw this disappear into the cracks and caves in the stone pavement and we did take time looking at this beautiful bird for almost half an hour before moving on to other birds...

2 comments:

David Gascoigne said...

Wrens are wonderful little birds indeed, and as you point out, other than for this one species are found exclusively in the Americas. Yeah for us!

S S Cheema said...

@David - earlier I used to assume that some of the Wren Babblers are more or less in same boat. It is only much later I was enlightened to the fact that pure wren found in India is this only one 😃