August 2009 - Cactus Wren
 
Cactus Wren, Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Cactus Wren, Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

The Cactus Wren is a resident of the deserts of the southern United States and northern Mexico. At 7-8.75 in/18-22 cm long, it is the largest wren in North America. It is characterized by its white eye stripe, brown cap as well as a long, curved bill which is uses to probe for food on the ground or in branches. It eats insects and spiders as well as some fruit and nectar.

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Cactus Wren, Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
The Cactus Wren often builds its doomed nest between the arms of a cactus where the eggs and young are protected from predators. It is the state bird of Arizona.
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