Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Northern House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) - HBW 10, p. 435

French: Troglodyte familier German: Nördlicher Hauszaunkönig Spanish: Chochín Criollo
Other common names: House Wren (when combined with other members of superspecies)

Taxonomy: Troglodytes aëdon Vieillot, 1809, USA.
Forms a superspecies with T. brunneicollis, T. musculus, T. tanneri, T. beani and T. cobbi; all have often been treated as conspecific, as suggested by field observations, but recent DNA analyses indicate that present species and first two are three separate species; the others, isolated on islands, likely also to be distinct. Intergrades with T. brunneicollis in S Arizona. Birds breeding in E part of range (from Michigan and Quebec S to Kentucky and West Virginia) described as race baldwini, but poorly differentiated from, and therefore merge.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Troglodytes aëdon Vieillot, 1809, USA.
Forms a superspecies with T. brunneicollis, T. musculus, T. tanneri, T. beani and T. cobbi; all have often been treated as conspecific, as suggested by field observations, but recent DNA analyses indicate that present species and first two are three separate species; the others, isolated on islands, likely also to be distinct. Intergrades with T. brunneicollis in S Arizona. Birds breeding in E part of range (from Michigan and Quebec S to Kentucky and West Virginia) described as race baldwini, but poorly differentiated from, and therefore merged with, nominate. Species name domesticus has priority, but use of aedon almost universal; this has led to the proposal that the name domesticus be officially suppressed in order to favour stability in nomenclature. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • parkmanii Audubon, 1839 - breeds S Canada (British Columbia E to W Ontario) S to extreme NW Mexico (N Baja California) and in USA to W Texas and W Kentucky; non-breeding from SW & S USA (California and Texas) S to S Mexico (S to Oaxaca).
  • aedon Vieillot, 1809 - breeds SE Canada (Ontario E to S Quebec) and S in USA to Kentucky and Virginia; non-breeding SE USA (Carolinas S to Texas) and NE Mexico.