Birds of America: The Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

State Bird of Arizona

By John James Audubon,
F. R. SS. L. & E.

Arizona's state bird, the Cactus Wren is seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of thorny desert plants like the arms of the giant saguaro cactus.

It builds many nests but lives in only one. The rest are decoys.

Arizona adopted the cactus wren as its state bird in 1973.

The Arizona state bird, the Cactus Wren, was a bird not know to Audubon in his time, and was therefore not included in the 1840 edition of Birds of America.

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