Definition of wren
1 : 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
2 : any of various small singing birds resembling the true wrens in size and habits
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Its hillsides and areas around the base are full of coastal sage scrub and prickly pear cacti, providing habitat for the California gnatcatcher and coastal cactus wren.
Birds such as tanagers, thrush, orioles, grosbeaks, vireos, wrens, and buntings.
Some species can be helped with nesting boxes — bluebirds, wrens and chickadees, for example.
From Buley Rockhole, take the two-mile Florence Creek Walk through the monsoon rainforest and spot a range of wildlife, from unique bird species such as kingfishers and fairy-wrens, to bandicoots (small terrestrial marsupials).
In one particularly notorious incident in the 1890s, a lighthouse keeper’s pregnant cat almost single-handedly drove New Zealand’s Stephens Island wren to extinction within years of the species’s discovery.
Stunning wren duets are conceived as a whole but sung in two parts, by Ed Yong.
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Origin and Etymology of wren
Middle English wrenne, from Old English wrenna; akin to Old High German rentilo wren
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Wren
Sir Christopher 1632–1723 English architect
WREN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wren for English Language Learners
: a small bird with brown feathers and a short tail that points upward
WREN Defined for Kids
Definition of wren for Students
: a small brown songbird with a short tail that points upward
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