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Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

   

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Curve-billed Thrasher
credit: Peter Wallack/CCSA

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Family: Mimidae, Mockingbirds and Thrashers view all from this family



Description ADULT Has gray-brown upperparts overall that are plain and unmarked, except for the two whitish wing bars. Note the fiery orange iris and subtle pale supercilium. Pale throat is bordered by dark brown malar stripe and underparts are otherwise rather pale, with subtle brown spots that are most intense on breast. Tail has white tips, broadest on outer feathers. Bill is curved and dark. JUVENILE Similar to adult, but with yellow iris, shorter bill, and less obvious spotting on underparts. Can be confused with Bendire's.


Dimensions Length: 9 1/2 -11 1/2" (24-29 cm)


Habitat Common resident of cactus deserts, especially where chollas are common. Often lives close to human habitation (where desert survives) as in Tucson.


Observation Tips Particularly easy to see in spring.


Range Texas, Southwest, California, Rocky Mountains, Plains


Voice Song is an attractive series of abrupt, chattering whistles and chirping trills; calls include a sharp, whistled wi'Weet.


Discussion Our most widespread long-billed, desert thrasher and the yardstick by which to judge other thrashers. Fortunately, compared to most others, it is not unduly shy, even outside breeding season. Searches for invertebrates on the ground and also feeds on berries. Sexes are similar.


 

 

 

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