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Cactus wren

Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus


The Cactus Wren is the largest North American wren, at 18–23 cm (7.1–9.1 in) 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. Like most birds in its genus, it has a slightly curved bill. There is little sexual dimorphism. (information from Wikipedia)


Found on the heavily planted grounds of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum


See my spotting of a cactus wren nest here:

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SusanEllison 8 years ago

wow sure know how to get around those prickly

KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely photo!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

What a wonderful shot!

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Tucson, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Jul 30, 2011
Submitted on Jan 8, 2012

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