The Tiny “King” Bird
In Latin, wren or “regulus” means “little king” and according to Greek legend, the wren became the king of birds by hiding on the eagle’s back, and ultimately flying higher than the eagle. “it came to pass that the smallest and the largest bird were each honored with the title of, “king”.
Symbolism & Superstition
The wren symbolizes life, energy, parenthood, charisma, activity, and cleverness. While sighting the tiny wren is said to bring good fortune while harming a wren is associated with bad luck.
The Irish would hunt the wren on St. Stephen’s Day. On this day, dead wren were tied to a pole and carried from house to house by people who demanded money. If nothing was given the wren was buried on the doorstep, which was considered an insult to the family.
In Celtic ideology, the wren reflects the male and female parents and the role of gender responsibilities. The little wren is perceived as being parallel with the duality of responsibility since they take an active role in raising their young.
We know that during the Wren’s breeding season, males build a number of nests so that the female can choose the one to lay eggs. The female wren can lay between one and nine eggs. Furthermore, a male can have more than one female with an active nest.