MBG's Field Reports - Explorations and Adventures

C a c t u s W r e n



The largest North American wren is called the cactus wren. It has a white stripe over each eye and a very long tail. Cactus wrens live in thorny shrubs, cacti and desert trees. They eat insects, such as beetles, ants, wasps and grasshoppers. Sometimes they make a meal of lizards or small frogs. The wrens can run very fast, but fly if they have far to go. They build nests in the prickly cholla cactus or down among the sharp leaves of a thorny bush. The cactus wren can be found in the deserts of the southwest United States and central Mexico.