• The Great House at Casa Grande Ruins stands out for miles

    Casa Grande Ruins

    National Monument Arizona

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Birds and Insects of the Sonoran Desert

A Gilded Flicker perched on Saguaro cactus blossoms.

The Gilded Flicker is common in the Sonoran Desert.

Copyright © Jim Creager

Birds

Probably the most famous bird of the Sonoran Desert is the roadrunner. But this desert is also a great habitat for doves, quail, hummingbirds, cactus wrens, Gila woodpeckers and cardinals.

The Gilded Flicker makes its home in the Sonoran Desert and has adapted well to the desert environment. Large birds like owls, hawks and vultures help maintain a balance in the rodent population by eating small animals like mice.

 
A common tarantula

Tarantula

Copyright © Denise Shultz

Insects, spiders and such

Creepy crawly things like insects and snakes are also a very important part of the life-scape of the Sonoran Desert. Bugs, beetles, and crickets are very tasty to the scorpion.

Many spiders live here too. The tarantula is one of the biggest and can live to be 20 years old!

 

Did You Know?

Artificats found during excavations at Casa Grande Ruins.

The Casa Grande Ruins were extensively excavated and studied by Dr. Jesse Fewkes in 1906. Previously, visitors removed artifacts and took pieces of the walls and roofs as souvenirs.