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Young Cactus Wren

Young Cactus Wren
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-01 8:25
Viewed: 2982
Points: 42
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Cactus Wren

Largest wren in United States; 7-9 inches long. Both sexes with dull, rusty crown, streaked back, heavily spotted breast, tawny-colored sides and belly; wing and tail feathers barred black and white conspicuous broad white stripe over eye. No differences between breeding and nonbreeding plumage. The tail is not usually held cocked as in most other wrens. Juveniles resemble adults but have lighter, smaller chest spots and shorter tails. The song is a low, raspy, cha cha cha cha cha, very reminiscent of a car's engine trying to turn over on a cold winter day.

Length: 6.5 inches
Long, slightly decurved bill
Bold white supercilium contrasting with dark crown and eyeline
White throat
Upper breast densely spotted with black
Underparts white becoming buffy toward tail and spotted
Upperparts grayish-brown with black and white streaks and spots
Long tail barred with black and white
Dark legs
Sexes similar

They like desert areas with taller cacti (especially cholla), or arid hillsides and valleys with other thorny plants capable of supporting their bulky nests. Cactus Wrens are found in the deserts of the southwestern United States, ranging from southern California, Nevada, and Utah, and central New Mexico and Texas, southward to central Mexico. Year-round resident in southern, western, and central Arizona in deserts with thorny vegetation.

The genus Campylorhynchus is derived from Greek words meaning curved beak. The specific epithet is derived from the Latin brunneus meaning brown and capillus meaning hair, in reference to the wren's brown cap and back.

The Cactus Wren has been the state bird of Arizona since 1931; its presence and song are considered characteristic of southwestern deserts.


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Hello Jane,
a splendid picture of the Cactus Wren juvenile taken from an a very good POV with good sharpness, marvellous natural colours.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-01 9:52]

Hello Jane,
Lovely capture of this cute Young Cactus Wren. Great focus and very fine sharp details of the plumage. Good light and colours that stand out against the blue background.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Jane,
A nice capture of this beautiful young Cactus Wren. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Jane, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fine details and excellent sharpness, wonderful composition with beautiful blue sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Jane, wonderful shot of this cactus wren with nice colours and details.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-01 11:35]

Hi Jane, We both have young birds to day. Yours being this fine capture of the young Wren. Your picture shows its fine markings in the feathers. once again we have the trade mark clear blue skys. and interesting notes, well done TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-07-01 11:58]

Hello Jane,
A lovely capture of this familiar bird.
It is good to see such clear details of its pattern.
Very nicely composed and well presented.
TFS and G's,

Hello Jane,

Very good catch. The composition with central weight is somewhat unusual to me, but I think in this case conforms to the set. You become a master at capturing these birds with your SX 10! It is a pleasure to see each photo, with exceptional skies clean, crisp colors and elaborate details.

Excellent work, Cheers!


An awesome capture of this beautiful cactus wren from wonderful POV with excellent details and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-07-01 15:49]

Hi Jane,
What a sharp capture of this cactus wren.
Beautifully presented against the great blue Arizona sky. : )
Good pose of this cute bird with the knowing look,
surveying its realm.
TFS. : )

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-01 16:13]

Hi Jane
Excellent capture nice POV and sharp image.Good detail from the plumage.Very nice BG color.
TFS Michel

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-01 19:36]

Hola Prima.
You did it again. Great photo of this popular and beautiful bird. Love the blue sky as BG.
Saludos Cousin.

The birds down there and up there in the bushes and such...they have this look about them...a sun drenched...wanna go to see some snow look...of course they would perish in the cold...but it still baffles me how some birds are well suited...not in my hands!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-01 21:34]

Hello Jane,
The composition on the boulder against the blue is superb in this portrait of a juvenile Cactus Wren taken from a fine POV with good sharpness and lighting,
Cactus wrens and roadrunners are birds that I would love to see, but your photos of them are a fine compensation.
Thanks and all the best,

Hi Jane
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

Hi Janie,

what an nice presentation from this bird.
Good of details and fine colours.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-02 6:25]

Hi Jane,
a very lovely capture of this wren. the colours and the spots are indeed exciting to note. The blue sky really give a splendid background to make this shot so exciting.
well presented in nice composition of colours and positioning.


Hallo Jane
My time is rather limited at the moment, but I had to tell you that this image is very striking. The detail of the feathers of this young bird against the blue sky is just magic. It displays wonderfully. Although young it stands up so firm and proud and the way you have captured it looks like it is guarding the area. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Jane
Very nice capture with wonderful detail,color tones in the plumage, plus your lovely trademark blue sky.
tfs jon

hello Jane

beautiful photo of this beautiful young Cactus Wren,
with fine POV and framing, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


hello Jane
super shot
good details and nice composition
greeting lou

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