Cactus Wren

Physical Traits

Cactus Wrens are the largest and boldest of the wrens. They are very colorful and distinctly patterned. They’ll posture and pose, calling and scolding invaders of their closely watched territories, unafraid and ready to mob snakes, hawks and even people who dare to enter.


Open scrubland, deserts and foothills of the southwest.  They nest in the top of a cactus in football shaped nests.  The males are known to build nests in several cacti as decoy nests to fool predators.  They return at a later time to use the nest.

Recommended Feeders

Feeder Tips

Place in an open area as Cactus Wrens are not shy.   

States and Regions Found

Southwestern United States and Mexico.