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Fair Isle wren

Fair Isle wren
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Troglodytes
Species: Troglodytes troglodytes
Subspecies: T. t. fridariensis
Trinomial name
Troglodytes troglodytes fridariensis
Williamson, 1951

The Fair Isle wren (Troglodytes troglodytes fridariensis) is a small passerine bird in the wren family. It is a subspecies of the Eurasian wren endemic to Fair Isle, Shetland, Scotland. It was first described by Kenneth Williamson in 1951.[1]

Description

The Fair Isle wren is darker and larger than the mainland form of the winter wren, though not as dark as another insular subspecies, the Shetland wren, T. t. zetlandicus.[2]

Status

Fair Isle is a small island, 7.68 km2 in area, and the population of the wren is tiny, varying from ten to fifty pairs, breeding mainly on boulder beaches.[2]

References

  1. ^ Williamson, Kenneth. (1951). The wrens of Fair Isle. Ibis 93(4): 599-601.[1]
  2. ^ a b Nature in Shetland
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