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Cactus Wren

Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: TROGLODYTIDAE

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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Appearance

Wrens
Wrens
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.