Cactus Wren

Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
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Length: 9 in. (22 cm )
Restricted to desert areas with catus and acacia, the Cactus Wren places it huge domed nest in the middle of the spiniest plant available. These nest are often also used for roosting during the winter. Insects make up only a part of this species\' diet, and fruit, seeds, berries and nectar make up the rest. Unlike many species, this wren maintains a defended territory all year round. It often enter suburbs and vegetated urban areas.

The four-digit banding code is CACW.

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Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Female
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  • Article: Cactus Wren
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: September 27, 2023
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