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Troglodytidae

Troglodytidae (wrens; class Aves, order Passeriformes) A family of small to medium-sized birds which have brown plumage, some with white and chestnut areas. Their wings, tails, and sides are often barred, streaked, or spotted. Their bills are slender, medium to long, and slightly decurved, their wings short and rounded, and their tails short to long, and often held cocked. Their legs and feet are strong, with long claws. They inhabit forests, brush, reed-beds, rocks, and deserts, feed on insects and spiders, and most build domed nests in trees or rock cavities, or low in grass or bushes. The four species of Cistothorus (marsh wrens), found in America, inhabit grassland as well as marshes. Troglodytes troglodytes (wren or winter wren), a small, brown bird with pale supercilia and barred wings and tail, is the only member of the family found in Europe or Asia. There are 15 genera in the family, with 60–5 species, found in Europe, Asia, and N., Central, and S. America.

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wrens

wrens
1. See TROGLODYTIDAE.

2. (Australian wrens) See MALURIDAE.

3. (New Zealand wrens) See XENICIDAE.

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