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Definition of WREN
: any of a family (Troglodytidae) of small typically brownish oscine singing birds; especially: a very small widely distributed bird (Troglodytes troglodytes) that has a short erect tail and is noted for its song
: any of various small singing birds resembling the true wrens in size and habits
Any of approximately 75 species (family Troglodytidae) of chunky songbirds found in the Western Hemisphere. One species, Troglodytes troglodytes, has spread to the Old World; typical of the family, it is about 4 in. (10 cm) long and dark-barred brown, with a short, slightly downcurved bill, short rounded wings, and short cocked tail. Common throughout the Western Hemisphere is the house wren. The largest U.S. species (8 in. [20 cm] long) is the cactus wren of southwestern deserts. Wrens hunt insects in marshes, rocky wastes, or shrubbery, revealing their presence by chatter and loud song. They nest in holes, in thickets, or on ledges.