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Photo Blast: Cactus Wren

The Cactus Wren is the state bird of Arizona, but that is probably the least interesting of designations.  More importantly it is also a member of one of the largest genera of wrens Campylorhynchus, dominating both in size and number of species (the largest, Giant Wren is a congener).  One can also infer that it is a desert obligate, only living in Northern Mexico and the Southern US.   It by far the largest wren in the United States, by several inches, and also the only representative of the genus here.  They make great stashes of domed nests in Cholla Cactus, are easily spotted on a stroll through the scrub.  Common, inquisitive birds, that spout an iconic wavering, churring call, as the rain has picked up in Seattle I’ve had dreams about them and their domain.

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