The Cactus Wren is the Arizona State bird, officially recognized in 1931. They primarily eat insects and seeds and nuts. They can be found perched on top of cacti and make their nests in the cactus plants. They mate for life, (how sweet!) and male and female are very similar in appearance.

Nikon D-80
70-210 mm lens at 210 mm
1/100, f/4
Textures from CGTextures added.

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A long-time passion, I’ve held a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember. Capturing “the moment” is my goal, whether it be people, wildlife or a beautiful Arizona sunset. I am originally from NYC but now live in the desert southwest.
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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    A wonderful detailed capture Barbara, and a real beauty for your State bird….so well documented as well…inst fave, with thanks

  • Thank you very much, dear friend!

    – Barbara Manis

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzabout 5 years ago

    I used to see a lot of these around the Joshua trees in So. CA. There is not so many anymore. Nice comp.

  • Hi Rany, thanks so much!

    – Barbara Manis

  • rasim1
    rasim1about 5 years ago

    Very well done.

  • Thank you very much, Rasim!

    – Barbara Manis

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Barbara!!

  • Much appreciated, Marvin!

    – Barbara Manis

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 5 years ago

    ♥ Fabulous work and textures Barbara !!!!
    such a cute bird !! :D ♥

  • Thanks, Evita! Glad you like it!

    – Barbara Manis

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Justart!

    – Barbara Manis

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    aww what a little beauty!!! gorgeous capture Barbara!!! Merry Christmas my friend!!! XOXOXOX

  • Thank you, dear friend! Merry Christmas to you, too!

    – Barbara Manis

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful Barbara!!!, this is a first for me and informative because I didn’t know it was your state bird – gorgeous markings, details and colours!!!

  • Hi Kate, thanks you very much!

    – Barbara Manis

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterabout 5 years ago

    Great work Barbara!!! Merry Christmas!

  • Thank you, Lori! Merry Christmas to you, too!

    – Barbara Manis

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 5 years ago

    Marvellous work Barbara.

  • Hi Don, thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you!

    – Barbara Manis

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