Simon Walker's picture

Wrens and Winter Wrens

I'm puzzled by this. If I look up WREN I find a Latin name of Troglodytes troglodytes.
If I look up WINTER WREN I find a Latin name of Troglodytes hiemalis.
If I enter WREN into iSpot, and click on 'Get Recommended' I get a common name of Winter Wren and a Latin name of Troglodytes troglodytes.
The Internet suggests that a Winter Wren is a North American bird.
What's going on, anyone know? Is this another fashionable renaming?



IWoodward's picture

Winter Wren

Hi Simon,

The american Winter Wren and our Wren used to be regarded as the same species Troglodytes troglodytes and therefore Winter Wren was used as the common name on some Eurasian lists.

They were split into different species by the American Ornithological Union a couple of years ago and the American species was given the name Troglodytes hiemalis.

However, as far as I know, the British Ornithological Union has not yet split them, so officially in this country they are still the same species and therefore I-spot is technically still correct!


IWoodward's picture

BOU list

Further to my previous post, I've just looked at the official British list on the B.O.U. website (list dated January 2013) and it is listed with the British (vernacular) name as 'Wren' and the international name as 'Eurasian Wren' which I guess means that in fact I-Spot is wrong after all.