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Shetland Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes zetlandicus


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.


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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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.

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Scotland, United Kingdom

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

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