Blowing in the Breeze
|Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee)
|Date Taken: 2007-02-03|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-02-05 11:53|
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The Cactus Wren lives in the arid and semi-arid deserts of southwestern United States and the chaparral of southern California and northern Mexico.
At 7-9 inches (18-22 cm) long, the Cactus Wren is the largest wren in the United States. Both sexes look alike. Both are brown and have a white stripe running over each
eye. Their throats are white, and their beaks are dark, long and slightly curved. White and black streaks cover their backs. Their belly and sides are white to buff with dense spotting on the breast. The short and rounded wings have black and white banding. Legs and feet are tan colored.
They are very active and curious birds. They quickly investigate anything new in their territory.
The Cactus Wren mainly eats insects like ants, beetles, grasshoppers, wasps, fruits, seeds, and and sometimes a treefrog or lizard. It will sometimes eat seeds and fruit. It has adapted to its hot habitat by shifting its foraging behavior according to the temperature. It begins to forage on the ground, and in the branches of shrubs in the late morning. As the temperature rises it will shift its foraging to shady, cooler areas. They stop foraging during the hot afternoon and rest in a shady area. They get almost all of their water from the food they eat.
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