Troglodytes troglodytes

The Birds of Great Britain
Vol.2 - Plate No. 63

Length: 10 cm

The Wren is the smallest of birds found in Japan. They are found widely throughout the Eurasian continent and also in North America. In Japan they are found from Kyushu northward as residents. They live in mountains, forests alongside mountain streams, and shrubs, and sing in a large, complex voice incongruous with their size. Because their colour is a dark brown, it is often thought that their Japanese name 'misosazai' comes from the Japanese soybean paste 'miso', but actually its original meaning was 'small bird living in trenches' (from the Japanese 'mizo' meaning 'trench').