Cactus Wren In Cactus

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This is the Arizona State Bird the Cactus Wren. These birds really enjoy life with jabbering all the time. They are also very curious and will come in your house if you leave the door open long enough. I caught this one showing it's pretty tail feathers in one of our Spanish Dagger cactus.

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 in 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.


Guest - Dec 03, 2006 02:51 PM EDT
Thanks again everyone for all your wonderful comments. I'm glad our noisy state bird was fun to view. That is kinda funny Carol about the birds flying into windows, just don't clean them so much LOL..
Guest - Dec 02, 2006 10:21 PM EDT
NIce capture. Looks great set against that blue sky.
Guest - Dec 01, 2006 07:28 AM EDT
late with this Alan, - great shot, really like it. Love seeing the different birds from the various regions. Very pretty, both the bird and the scene
Guest - Dec 01, 2006 04:35 AM EDT
Beautiful feather detail. I like how you framed the bird in the green plant against the blue sky.
Guest - Nov 30, 2006 03:36 PM EDT
Great shot of the cactus wren Alan. I can see why they are the State bird, very pretty. I like the composition. Don
Guest - Nov 30, 2006 02:18 PM EDT
Great photo, nice eye and detailed markings and I also like the way its tail feathers are spread out. Quite a few of our birds will fly into the closed window, they are quite stunned but so far they manage to fly off. Carol
Guest - Nov 30, 2006 02:14 PM EDT
WOW!! a very nice shot,I like the fanned tail feathers.

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