Shetland wren

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Shetland Wren
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Troglodytes
Species: Troglodytes troglodytes
Subspecies: T. t. zetlandicus
Trinomial name
Troglodytes troglodytes zetlandicus
Hartert, 1910

The Shetland Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes zetlandicus) is a small passerine bird in the wren family. It is a subspecies of the Eurasian Wren endemic to the Shetland archipelago of Scotland, with the exception of Fair Isle which has its own endemic subspecies, the Fair Isle Wren.

Description[edit]

The Shetland Wren is distinguished by its darker and more rufous-brown colouring from the mainland form, with a heavily barred underside, the barring extending from belly to breast. The bill is stouter and longer and it has stronger legs.[1]

Breeding[edit]

The main breeding habitat of Shetland Wrens is boulder beaches, though when population levels increase some birds will nest further inland.[2]

Status[edit]

An estimate of the population, from the start of the 21st century, was of 1500-3000 breeding pairs.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGowan, R.Y.; Clugston, D.L.; & Forrester, R.W. (2003). Scotland's endemic subspecies. Scottish Birds 24: 18-35.
  2. ^ a b Nature in Shetland: Shetland Wren