The harsh, acrid climate of deserts can be very unforgiving to those who attempt to travel through them unprepared. Nevertheless, there are many rather interesting creatures that have adapted to and even make a comfortable living in these environments. One particular creature we will be looking at would be the Cactus Wren.
The Cactus Wren is part of a group of birds that share the name “Wren.” This particular Wren is the largest of the group, and it has a long heavy bill with short, rounded wings. Their color patterns are predominately speckled brown with the rest of their chest being white. Both the males and females tend to look alike in color patterns, but the younger Cactus Wrens tend to appear more pale than mature Wrens.
The Cactus Wren can be found all year-round in the southern parts of the United States and a large portion of northern Mexico. Their nests tend to be the size and shape of footballs, and as the name implies they stick near wild cacti to use as shelter. They primarily eat small insects such as ants, wasps, and small seeds.
Unlike the other Wrens, the Cactus Wren acts a lot more “brave” to the point where they can be somewhat obnoxious to encounter. It is not surprising to find them perched on top of their homes out in the open and they love to announce their arrival before continuing to forage for food. In urban areas, they are also well known for venturing into open garages and doors to quickly search the area for any morsels they can eat.