Arizona State Bird

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Arizona State Bird: Cactus wren

Scientific Name: Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

State Bird Description: The cactus wren is the largest of the wren species in North America, the Cactus Wren is approximately 7 – 9 inches long. Cactus Wren's are easily seen due to them being larger and not as shy as other wren species and has a loud voice which is charasteritic of wrens. The Cactus Wren is marked with white eye stripes, a brown head, barred wings and tail, and spotted tail feathers which makes it easy to identify.

Where It's Found: The cactus wren is native to the southwestern United States southwards to central Mexico and can often be seen around yucca, mesquite or saguaro. The Cactus Wren nests in cactus plants and sometimes in a hole in a saguaro.

Arizona State Bird Dedication: 1973