Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cactus Wren

The Cactus Wren is often one of the most abundant birds in southwestern deserts. In Arizona, they may fledge up to three broods a year. They find enough liquid in their diet of "insects, occasional small reptiles or amphibians, seeds, juicy pulp from cactus fruit..., and juice from wounds in cactus" (Proudfoot et al. 2000). Add to that list, McDonald's french fries, as this bird ate them at a parking lot in Calalina, Arizona. Check another species to our fast food bird list. Despite tolerating human disturbance, populations in the southwest are declining with loss of native vegetation.

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