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Cactus Wren


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A conspicuous sight and sound of the Southwestern deserts, the Cactus Wren is the largest wren in North America. Although it can be found in urban backyards, it is a true bird of the desert and can survive without freestanding water.

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Very large wren.
  • Upperparts brownish with scattered white streaks.
  • Long white eyestripe.
  • Wings barred.
  • Long, brown tail barred with black.

Immature Description

Juvenile with paler and more sparsely spotted underparts, darker crown, and lighter markings on back and wings.

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  • Sage Thrasher without barring on wings and tail, without streaking on back, and without eyestripe.

    Backyard Tips

    This species often comes to bird feeders. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.