Cactus Wren

Scientific name: Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

The large, noisy Cactus Wren of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico is a permanent resident and is well adapted to its desert environment. Most active at daybreak, Cactus Wrens usually sit quietly during the hottest part of the day. They are able to get the moisture they need from their diet.

Conflict is common with other species, especially Curve-billed Thrashers which compete for nest sites. Thrashers often destroy Cactus Wren nests, but the wrens are also known to destroy the nests of Verdins and House Finches.