CALIFORNIA THRASHER


Toxostoma redivivum


Description:

This elusive bird is always a delight to see, as it hides among dense shrubs and is most often heard before being seen. Like the mockingbird, this bird is an expert mimic. The thrasher is a ground feeder and uses its long, curved bill to search for seeds and insects under dense shrubs. They also feed on fruits.


Appearance:

Dark brown upperparts. Light gray-brown breast. Buff-peach colored belly and undertail coverts. Light brown eyebrow. Dark "mustache". Dark brown eyes. Long, curved bill. Long tail. Sexes similar. 11 to 13 inches in length.


Habitat:

Chaparral and dense shrubs around foothills.


Nesting:

2-4 pale blue-green speckled eggs with a 14 day incubation period. Fledging occurs 12-14 days after hatching. The nest is a bowl made from sticks, roots, and finer materials for lining.


Observed Locations:

  • Cowles Mountain, MTRP, San Diego
  • "The Drip", Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma


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