Upper plumage reddish brown, with transverse dusky lines: over the eye a narrow white streak.

Sylvia Troglodytes, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 233. Troglodytes vulgaris, Id. torn. in. p. 160. Common Wren, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 390. pl. 47. f. 6. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. i. p. 262.


Entire length three inches nine lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) three lines and a half, (from the gape) five lines and a half; of the tarsus nine lines; of the tail one inch four lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing one inch nine lines and a half: breadth, wings extended, six inches three lines.


Upper parts of the body deep reddish brown, faintly marked with transverse dusky lines: over each eye a pale narrow streak: quills barred alternately on their outer webs with blackish brown and reddish: tail dusky, with transverse black bars: under parts light rufous-brown; the sides and thighs streaked with darker lines; under tail-coverts obscurely spotted with white: bill brown: irides hazel: feet yellowish brown. (Egg). White, with a few specks of pale red: long. diam. seven lines and a half; trans, diam. six lines.

Abundant in all parts of the country, remaining with us the whole year. Frequents gardens and out-houses. Song shrill and loud. Nest often fixed against the thatch of buildings, or placed in the holes of trees, more rarely on the ground; of an oval form, covered over at top, with the entrance on one side; formed of moss, hay, leaves, and other materials, and lined with feathers occasionally mixed with hair. Eggs five to eight in number.