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Cactus Wren by Kimberly Chadwick


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Taken in Marana, Az with Canon Powershot SX10IS

This large wren is a permanent resident of arid regions, particularly cactus deserts and dry hill country. It is often seen perched atop a cactus or other vegetation, delivering its unusual song or attending to its large stick nest.

VOICE Song is a rapid series of guttural _ga_notes, sounding like a combustion engine that won’t “turn over”. Calls include low, growling, corvid like kraw,krot, and kok notes, sometimes in series. SONGS AND CALLS

Cactus Wren is the Official state bird of Arizona!


  • The Cactus Wren builds many nests as decoys but actually lives in just one of them. Additional nests built by males may be used to rear second and even third broods.
  • Nests are built high in thorny trees and shrubs with only a narrow side entrance. In this way the birds take advantage of the plants’ natural defenses for their own protection.
  • It has been the state bird of Arizona since 1931.
  • A group of wrens has many collective nouns, including a “chime”, “flight”, “flock”, and “herd” of wrens


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  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 4 years ago

    I love his spotty feathers! What a sweetie! Lovely pose and surroundings to this Kimberly! Perfect against the blue sky! ;o)

  • Thank you Krys! The colors came out really well I think too!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamabout 4 years ago

    I like the point of view, well captured

  • I too hoped at least it would come out good. I am happy with it, Thank you Hawker!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    She’s beautiful Kimberly … well captured.

  • Thank you so much Barb!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Great pose, & such a good assortment of colors. Well done.

  • I apprecaite that as always Sheila, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 4 years ago

    Kimberly you got this one to pose for you perfectly!!!

  • Well what can I say….lol, thank you Sir~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work Kim…love his pose…they are actually quite large arn’t they?…inst fave!!!

  • I believe they are a larger wren, but hey I am no expert…lol, thank you Larry!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 4 years ago

    lovely capture

  • Thank you Robert, great to see you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Nicely captured!
    Impressive perspective!

  • Thank you Trish, I am glad you like it!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you so much for stopping by and saying so, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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