Native to Southern California and desert-like areas, the cactus wren is a threatened species known for its speckled brown plumage and white “eyebrows” that extend from the bill across their eyes, down to the sides of the neck. Similar in size to a spotted towhee, the cactus wren is the largest wren found in the United States.
When it comes to their home, cactus wren are picky. They prefer to construct their nests in areas with thorny shrubs, prickly pear cactus and cholla cactus - all of which provide protection from predators. Cactus wren can often be found foraging in pairs or groups on the ground and in low trees, looking for small insects, fruits and seeds.
Next time you are out on the Landmarks, keep an eye out for the energetic cactus wren! To learn more about native wildlife on the Landmarks, visit letsgooutside.org.