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Family Troglodytidae: Thrashers, Wrens bird information


Family Troglodytidae: Thrashers, Wrens bird informationSubfamily Miminae: Thrashers, Mockingbirds and Catsbirds
Apparently the birds that comprise this large general family are too unlike to be related, but the missing links or intermediate species may all be found far South.

The first subfamily is comprised of distinctively American birds. Most numerous in the tropics. Their long tails serve a double purpose-in assisting their flight and acting as an outlet for their vivacity. Usually they inhabit scrubby undergrowth bordering woods. They rank among our finest songsters, with ventriloquial and imitative powers added to sweetness of tone.


  • Brown Thrasher

  • Catbird

  • Mocking-bird



Subfamily Troglodytinae: Wrens
Small brown birds, more or less barred with darkest brown above, much lighter below. Usually carry their short tails erect. Wings are small, for short flight. Vivacious, busy, excitable, easily displeased, quick to take alarm. Most of the species have scolding notes in addition to their lyrical, gushing song, that seems much too powerful a performance for a diminutive bird. As a rule, wrens haunt thickets or marshes, but at least one species is thoroughly domesticated. All are insectivorous.