Cactus wren

Unlike the smaller wrens, the Cactus Wren is easily seen. It has the loud voice characteristic of wrens. The Cactus Wren is much less shy than most of the family. Its marked white eyestripe, brown head, barred wings and tail, and spotted tail feathers make it easy to identify. Like most birds in its genus, it has a slightly curved bill. There is little sexual dimorphism. The Cactus Wren primarily eats insects, including ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and wasps. Occasionally, it will take seeds and fruits. Foraging begins late in the morning and is versatile; the cactus wren will search under leaves and ground litter and overturn objects in search of insects, as well as feeding in the foliage and branches of larger vegetation. Increasing temperatures cause a shift in foraging behavior to shady and cooler microclimates, and activity slows during hot afternoon temperatures. Almost all water is obtained from food, and free-standing water is rarely used even when found .

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The Cactus wren is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

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Cactus Wren in Joshua Tree National Park The Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) is the largest North American wren, and is 18–23 cm (7-9 inches) long. Unlike the smaller wrens, the Cactus Wren is easily seen. It has the loud voice characteristic of wrens. The Cactus Wren is much less shy than most of the family. Its marked white eyestripe, brown head, barred wings and tail, and spotted tail feathers make it easy to identify. More

The Cactus Wren is native to Mexico and the United States. The range of the Cactus wren is nearing 2 million square kilometers. The global population of this species of bird is believed to be almost 9 million individual birds. At the current time, there are no immediate concerns regarding possible threats that might reduce the population or the range of the Cactus Wren. It is rated currently as Least Concern, downgraded from a prior Lower Risk rating. More

Cactus Wren in a Saguaro More

Arizona's state bird, the Cactus Wren is seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of thorny desert plants like the arms of the giant saguaro cactus. It builds many nests but lives in only one. The rest are decoys. Arizona adopted the cactus wren as its state bird in 1973. - Birds of America - By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E. More

Cactus Wren Range MapView dynamic map of eBird sightings Field MarksHelp - * Adult affinis groupPopOutZoom In Adult affinis group * Dark back lacks rufous tones and strong streaking * © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, near Catavina, Baja California, Mexico, September 2005 Similar Species - More

The Cactus Wren is native to the south-western United States southwards to central Mexico. It is a bird of arid regions, and is often found around yucca, mesquite or saguaro; it nests in cactus plants, sometimes in a hole in a saguaro, sometimes where its nest will be protected by the prickly cactus spines of a cholla or leaves of a yucca. It mainly eats insects, though it will occasionally take seeds or fruits. More

The Cactus Wren lives in the arid and semi-arid deserts of southwestern United States and the chaparral of southern California and northern Mexico. The Cactus Wren is usually found below 4,000 feet. The California chaparral has hot and dry summers and humid and cold winters. It normally gets about 6 inches of rain per year. At 7-9 inches (18-22 cm) long, the Cactus Wren is the largest wren in the United States. Both sexes look alike. More

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The Cactus Wren can be found in various parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Nevada, southern California, southern Utah and down to central Mexico. Diet Cactus Wrens will feed on ants, beetles, wasps and other insects. They will also sometimes eat fruits and seeds. The Cactus Wren will turn over leaves and other objects on the ground to forage for food. More

The Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) has a white eye stripe just behind each eye extending to just before its upper back. It's throat and breast are heavily spotted dark brown and black, and its wings and tail are barred with black, white and brown feathers. Its overall appearance is a creamy colored brown bird with varied black and white patterns covering its body. It's beak is slightly curved. More

Cactus Wrens are found in the deserts of the southwestern United States, ranging from southern California, Nevada, and Utah, and central New Mexico and Texas, southward to central Mexico. Year-round resident in southern, western, and central Arizona in deserts with thorny vegetation. Breeding: The female selects the nest site which is often placed in cholla. They can also nest in other type cacti and thorny trees and shrubs such as mesquite, ironwood, paloverde, and catclaw acacia. More

Cactus WrenThe cactus wren is about eight inches (21 cm) long. It has a white belly with brown spots, and speckled brown, black and white feathers on its back, wings and head. It has black feathers on its throat and a long stripe of white feathers that look like eyebrows. It has long legs and a long pointed bill. Range The cactus wren is found in southern California, southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, western Texas, and northern Mexico. More

subspecies of the Cactus Wren in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. MANAGEMENT STATUS: The coastal cactus wren is presently listed as a California State Species of Special Concern and Cleveland National Forest Federal Sensitive (Dudek and Assoc. 2000). In 1993, it was selected as one of three target species in California More

Cactus Wren Breeding Distribution and Relative Abundance North America 1982-1996 ( Sauer et al 1997) (click here for map) Figure 3. Cactus Wren distribution by southern California county: SD (San Diego), IMP (Imperial), R (Riverside), O (Orange), LA (Los Angeles), SB (San Bernardino), K (Kern), V (Ventura) *Note division between coastal and interior populations (Garret and Dunn 1981) (click here for map) I. Historical References: Bancroft, G. 1923. More

The Cactus Wren, the largest wren in the United States, is 7-9 inches long. Sexes are similar, characterized by a long, slightly decurved bill, dark crown with a distinctive white stripe over the eye, white throat, gray-brown back streaked with white and black, and white to buff belly and sides, densely spotted at the breast. The wings and tail feathers are mostly black with white barring and the legs are dark. Juveniles resemble adults, but have fewer, lighter chest spots and a shorter tail. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Troglodytidae
Genus : Campylorhynchus
Species : brunneicapillus
Authority : (Lafresnaye, 1835)
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