Arizona's State Bird.

The Cactus Wren.


Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus (Cactus Wren), photographed at the White Tank Mountains outside of Phoenix, Arizona. (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus 20061226.jpg)


26 December 2006(2006-12-26)


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Mark Wagner


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The Cactus Wren measures 18-23 cm long. (approximately 7-9"). Different from most wrens, this bird is noisier and more outgoing. There is very little visible difference between males and females. All have basically the same features.

The Cactus Wren likes protein. It's diet consists mostly of insects such as ants, bees, and bugs of all sorts. Sometimes they'll have some fruit or seeds. Like most birds foraging for food is mostly in the morning.

The favorite place for a Cactus Wren to nest is in a hole in a Saguaro Cactus. The prickly needles of the Saguaro provides protection from preditors. However if such a home is not available, they adapt and nest in other safe locations.

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