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Bewick's Wren

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1997

This Bewick's wren (Thryomanes bewickii) was photographed at Tennessee Valley, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. These birds are found in brushland, hedgerows, stream edges, and open woods. They are around 5 1/4" in length. They are a member of the Family Troglodytidae. The Bewicks wren was named in honor of Thomas Bewick [1753-1828]. Bewick was not an ornithologist but an artist and craftsman who developed the art of wood engraving to a high point. Prints prepared from his woodcuts, although usually very small, were scientifically accurate and finely detailed.


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