Cactus Wren Building Nest
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This is the Arizona State bird the Cactus Wren that is building it's nest in my homemade birdhouse. It was collecting feathers for the nest. It was waiting for me to get lost so it could continue it's work.
They sound like a old car trying to start. The cactus wren has a distinctive white stripe over each eye and a longer than usual tail, which it does not normally cock up.
Cactus wrens frequent areas with thorny shrubs, cacti, and forage mostly on the ground around vegetation for insects, beetles, ants, wasps, grasshoppers, and occasionally lizards. Some cactus fruit and berries along with seeds are also some of the things they like.
The wrens can run swiftly but usually fly if traveling any distance. Nests are made for roosting at night and for shelter when the weather gets bad. The breeding season begins in March or April, and there may be up to three broods. Usually 4 to 5 eggs are laid and then incubated by the female for about 16 days.
The nest is a bulky, domed structure, made of plant fibers, twigs and dead leaves, with a tube-like side entrance that can be up to six inches long. It is lined with fur or feathers. The nest is situated on a prickly Cholla cactus or amid sharp leaves of a Yucca or other thorny bush.
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