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Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
cactus wren at nestcactus wren DESCRIPTION: L=8.5" (22cm). Sexes similar. Brownish, with black "bib", streaks and spots on belly, white line over the eye, streaked back, and barred wings and tail. The bill curves down slightly. Song is a harsh "cha cha cha cha" (some say it sounds like a VW bug starting up).
NATURAL HISTORY: This is Arizona's State Bird. Its commonly seen nest is about the size and shape of a football with a hole at one end and usually is made out of grass. Nests are used for roosting as well as raising offspring and are most often built in chollas (e.g., chainfruit chollas). Diet is extremely variable, including arthropods, small vertebrates, fruits, seeds, and even nectar. Pairs stay together year-round on their territories.

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