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    Cactus Wren Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      The Cactus Wren is a large chunky wren with a long heavy bill, a long, rounded tail, and short, rounded wings. The Cactus Wren is the largest wren in the United States and is similar in size to a Spotted Towhee.

      Relative Size

      Larger than a Bewick’s Wren, smaller than a Northern Mockingbird.

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      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 7.1-8.7 in (18-22 cm)
        • Weight: 1.1-1.7 oz (32-47 g)