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Cactus Wren
(Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
© Photographer:  Mark Wagner
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Genus: Campylorhynchus
Species:  brunneicapillus
IUCN Status:
Least Concern
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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.  


    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.  The Cactus
    Wren needs very little water and can obtain much or all of
    its water from the food it eats.


    The Cactus Wren is found in arid deserts of the
    Southwestern United States and Mexico.  Usually the
    wrens will build nests in the prickly spines of a cactus
    such as a cholla (see picture at right).  The spines of the
    cactus aid in the defense of the wrens' nests.

Size and Description

    The average size of a Cactus Wren is about 8 inches.  
    There is a white stripe that covers both eyes on males
    and females.  The back is covered in spotted or streaked
    brown and white patches.  Their beaks are long and
    slightly curved which enables them to turn over objects.  


    The Cactus Wren will lay between 3 - 6 eggs per clutch.  
    Both males and females will assist in building the nest.