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Cactus Wren Birds in the Desert
Educational resources for birds in the Southwest US deserts.



Some of the graphics of the desert birds were made with 3d content by Kenneth Gilliland and Lyne Masamitsu

If a bird's nest chance to be before you in the way in any tree, or on the ground, whether they be young ones, or eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, you shall not take the dam with the young: But you shall in any wise let the dam go, and take the young to you; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.
~Deuteronomy 22:6-7

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The Roadrunner : Made popular by the cartoon, this unique cuckoo bird is the state bird of New Mexico. Resources include coloring pages, dot-to-dot, report paper, and an animated jigsaw puzzle.

The Cactus Wren : The Arizona state bird. The cactus wren builds many nests in the cactus, but actually nests in only one.

The Gila Woodpecker : This homemaker makes cavities in the saguaro or cardon cacti. The gila woodpecker lives in the nesting hole for just one year before abandoning it. Afterwards, the hole becomes a home for other small desert dwellers.

Costa Hummingbird : This desert dwelling specie lives in the scrub land and outlying forest areas. The male Costa Hummingbird is identified by it's bright purple cap and throat patch. It's known for its fanciful dive display when attempting to attract a mate.

Red-tailed Hawk : The Red-tailed Hawk can be found throughout North America and lives in a variety of habitats, preferring open areas, including the desert. They build their nests in isolated high trees or on the ledges of a cliff. These birds of prey, or raptors, are easily identified by the auburn color of the underside of their tails.

Phainopepla : These slick waxy fly catchers live in environments where mistletoe thrive, including the desert wash. Although, they are flycatchers, their primary diet consists of berries.. They replenish the environment by distributing mistletoe seeds through their droppings.

The Barn Owl : More nocturnal than other birds, these owls are recognizable by their light colored heart-shaped faces and long feathered legs. They don't have ear tufts, but they do have asymmetrical ears which helps them find their prey by triangulation. One ear is aligned with the nostrils and the other ear is aligned with the forehead. Each ear receives different tones. The barn owl is able to locate its meal, usually of rodents, by triangulating the sounds.


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