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Shetland Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes zetlandicus

Description:

It is a small passerine bird in the wren family. It is a subspecies of the Eurasian Wren endemic to the Shetland archipelago of Scotland. 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.

Habitat:

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

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2 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Oh, they are very elusive! this one just happened to be singing perched at the cable while I was waiting for the ferry..he felt safe enough and away from my reach. On a different occasion I saw a very nice picture opportunity in Fetlar but the little fellow few off just as I was a about to make 'click'! Later on, I made a nice close up pic of a wren in Edinburgh, which I will post later, but this should probably not be the Shetland subespecies.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

Great Info Marta, I will have to keep my eyes open for one of these if I visit Shetland again.

The MnMs
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Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jun 12, 2013
Submitted on Jul 12, 2013

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