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Books about Wrens

The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Trogolodytidae

The true wrens are a primarily new-world family of birds. Only the Eurasian Wren (and its many subspecies) is found in the old-world. Other groups of birds are called wrens, for example the Australian wrens, but these are not related to the true wrens.

In the UK

(Eurasian) Wren
Troglodytes troglodytes

Other wrens

There are about 80 species of true wrens. All except the Eurasian Wren are found in the Americas and adjacent islands.


Wrens, Dippers and Thrashers

David Brewer

Illustrations: Barry Kent MacKay

Yale / Helm


The first comprehensive guide to these families. Includes 75 wrens, 34 thrashers, and 5 dippers.

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The Wren

Edward A. Armstrong

Shire Natural History


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Geographic Variation and Evolution in South American Cistothorus platensis (Aves: Troglodytidae)

Melvin A. Traylor

Fieldiana, Zoology, Publication No. 1392

Field Museum of Natural History


From the introduction: "This study of Cistothorus platensis in South America was stimulated by the receipt of four specimens collected by Sean Furniss in 1976 from Carimagua in the llanos of eastern Colombia. They were the first specimens from a lowland locality north of the Amazon, and it was of great interest to determine whether they were related to one of the northern highland races or to the lowland race of southeastern Brazil. The solution to this question eventually involved the study of all available specimens from South America."

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Ecology and Bioenergetics of the Long-Billed Marsh Wren in Georgia Salt Marshes

Herbert W. Kale

Nuttall Ornithological Club publication 5


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The Wren

Edward A. Armstrong


The New Naturalist Monograph 3


312 page study of the Wren.

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Bird Study, Volume 5, Issue 2


Main articles:

  • Territorial and other Behaviour of the Woodpigeon - S. Cramp
  • Treatment of Sick and Wounded Birds - F. B. Lake
  • Observations on the Breeding Kittiwake - J. C. Coulson & E. White
  • The Feeding of Nestling St. Kilda Wrens - T. B. Bagenal
  • The Roosting Times of the House Martin and Sand Martin - H. F. Church
  • The National Census of Heronries in Scotland 1954 with a Summary of the 1928/29 Census - Elizabeth A. Garden

Territorial And Mating Behavior Of The House Wren

S. Charles Kendeigh

The University of Illinois Press


From the introduction: "The requirements and behavior of the house wren. Troglodytes aedon, in respect to territory are similar to those described by Howard (1920, 1929) for several passerine species. In the following discussion it will be apparent how the behavior of the house wren (Fig. 1) satisfies the definition given by Howard (1929, p. 63) that "when territory is imperative, a male isolates himself, makes himself conspicuous, becomes intolerant of other males, and exercises dominion over a definite area." Territory is generally considered as important in various ways: as a means by which birds become paired and mated, as an insurance of adequate nest-sites and food supply for adults and young, and as a safeguard against disturbance."

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Last updated September 2013