The Wrens of Arizona

Wrens of the Great State of Arizona

Arizona has the wrens, if you live in the right area.

If you live in AZ, your wren watching desires should be pretty much satisfied. You can see Cactus Wrens year round anywhere in the southern half of the state and in a corridor reaching up the western border with California. Virtually the entire state has pretty good access to Rock Wrens year round.

If you’re a fan of House Wrens then you’re in luck if you live in the northern half of Arizona, as this is one of the areas House Wrens use as a summer breeding ground. The southwestern corner of the state is a winter time home for House Wrens, and there is a corrider running from the middle western area to the south eastern corner of Arizona where you should be able to find them year round.

Canyon Wrens are wide spread throughout Arizona year round, with the exception of the extreme southwestern quadrant, where there is nary a Canyon Wren to be found anytime. Marsh Wrens live year round in the western half of the state, but in the eastern half they will head for cooler weather in the summer, returning to spend their winters.

Bewick’s Wren can be found all year long in the northwest, northeast and southeast quadrants of Arizona, but only in the wintertime in the southwest quadrant. There is a small section of the state, just about centered between California and New Mexico on the Mexican border, where no Bewick’s Wrens ever live.

Lastly, you have a good chance of seeing Rock Wrens year round just about anywhere in Arizona. So depending upon where you live in the state, you may be lucky enough to see up to 6 varieties of wrens if you look hard enough.

Bonus! Did you know the Cactus Wren is Arizona’s State Bird?

Picture of Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

Next time we’ll look at the wren species you can find in Arkansas.

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