Interesting House Wren Facts
1. To protect their territory House Wrens destroy the eggs of birds of other species that have nests within or near their breeding area. Eggs are damaged by pecking a hole on them. House Wrens do this whether they decide to leave the nest alone after or they decide to take over the nest and use it as their own. It is the female bird that decides whether to use the other birds nest or not.
2. Though territorial male House Wrens choose areas closer to experienced males wrens during their first year of breeding. This makes sense because the younger males are yet to learn how to choose good nesting sites. They learn how to do this by simply watching the older males. During their next year of breeding it is obvious how they choose to breed in areas farther from other males.
3. The House Wren has one of the widest ranges compared to other songbirds. House Wrens can be found in Canada, the West Indies, all over Central America and even down toArgentina in the south most portion of South America. In short it is found all over American continent. However, the subspecies of House Wrens living in some parts of the United States are classified by some as an entirely different species.
4. When building a nest the male House Wren starts the process by himself. He starts it by filling the cavities in his territory with a lot of sticks (even up to more than 500 sticks) until a female House Wren joins in and takes over the nest building and proceeds on making the nest cup and lining the nest.
5. Those who watch Mister Rogers Neighborhood might remember King Friday the Thirteenths wooden bird. The puppets bird that was always perched on his stick is actually a House Wren! The proof of the birds species is in the short song that King Friday XIII sung in which the House Wrens scientific name, Troglodytes aedon, was mentioned quite clearly.
6. The Wren Day is celebrated every December 26 on St Stephens Day in Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Wales. A fake wren is put atop a decorated pole. The wren is supposed to be hunted by the local boys and buried the next day after it dies from exhaustion. Although the original wren is probably not a House Wren, young boys often decorate the fake bird like a House Wren since it is the kind they are most familiar with.
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