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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]


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]


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]


  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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