Little King

Wren. It’s such a simple, short and easy name. Wren.

Wren - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Wren’s scientific name is Troglodytes troglodytes. That’s not as short or as easy. Troglodyte means cave-dweller and was used because they like foraging and nesting in dark crevices.

Wren - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This Wren is currently nesting in a dark crevice in my back garden.

Wren - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Italian name for Wren is Scricciolo comune. Apparently the name Scricciolo comes from the Lombardy language of Northern Italy. Maybe the name’s because of the sound Wrens make.

The Wren is known as kuningilin or “kinglet” in Old High German. There’s a fable about the election of the King of Birds where the bird that could fly the highest would be made King. The eagle outflew all other birds, but he was beaten by a small bird that had hidden in his plumage.

Wren - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Wren; truly the Little King.

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