Arizona’s state bird is the cactus wren. This bird is named for its tendency to build its nests within the saguaro cactus. This “true bird of the desert” qualifies as a bird that lives inside of cactus.
A friend of mine who lives in Arizona says that she routinely sees birds nesting in the hollows of cactus plants. I found an article (click below) that says that the cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus–long fancy latin-greek name for curved beak, brown hair) and the curve billed thrasher (toxastoma curvirostra–curved poison-mouth, maybe, although toxistoma is the genus name of all thrashers) both nest in cacti.
The birds that are mentioned above actually live in the cactus after the woodpecker. The woodpecker cracks through the cactus (which is surprisingly strong, and made of material that looks like cactus skeleton inside) then after nesting for one season, the woodpecker travels on and other birds take advantage of the space provided.
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