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Updated: May 23rd, 2010 - 21:01:09
| State Bird of Arizona
Sep 7, 2006, 11:30 PST
Learn all about the Cactus Wren, the state bird of Arizona.
- 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
Thrashers are somewhat similar but are larger and lack the white
supercilium and dense spotting on the breast.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
The Arizona State Bird: Cactus Wren
"The cactus wren was chosen as Arizona's state bird by the Arizona Legislature in 1931. It remained Arizona's only official wildlife representative until 1985."
Source: Arizona Capitol Museum
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