California thrasher

At about 12 inches and nearly 85 grams , the California Thrasher is the largest species of mimid. It is generally brown, with buffy underparts and undertail . It has a dark cheek pattern and eye-line, and unlike most thrashers, has dark eyes.

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The California thrasher is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The California Thrasher is a striking songbird with a thick, long, decurved bill; dark iris; and dark eye-line. The 12-inch long bird has orange undertail coverts and buffy underparts. Sexes are alike. Distribution and Population Trends An endemic of what is known as the California Biotic Province (mostly in the western part of the state), the thrasher breeds from sea level to the higher parts of the montane chaparral. More

The California Thrasher is endemic to coastal and foothill areas of California, extending with the chaparral vegetation of the California Biotic Province (Raven 1977) into adjacent areas of northwest Baja California. It was first collected by the French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, Compte de La Pérouse, probably in 1786 at Monterey, central California, and published as “Promerops de la Californie Septentrionale. More

The California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum) is a large thrasher found primarily in chaparral habitat in California and Baja California. Similar to the Crissal and Le Conte's Thrashers in habit, the California Thrasher is the only species of Toxostoma throughout most of its limited range. Like most thrashers, it rarely flies in the open, preferring to keep hidden in dense brush. Therefore, while it is common throughout much of its range, it is rarely seen. More

The California Thrasher is actually native to Mexico as well as the United States. This bird has a range that is nearly 200,000 square kilometers. The population of the California Thrasher is about a quarter of a million individual birds. Although this bird species was once rated as Lower Risk; that rating has since been downgraded. The rating for the California Thrasher is now Least Concern as there are no immediate threats which might decrease this bird's population or range. More

California Thrasher: Resident in California west of Sierra Nevada. Preferred habitats include chaparral, foothills, and dense shrubs in parks or gardens. Breeding and Nesting California Thrasher: Two to four pale blue eggs with light brown spots, are laid in a bowl-shaped nest made of sticks and roots, lined with finer materials, and built in a shrub. Eggs are incubated for approximately 14 days by both parents. More

A long-tailed bird of the chaparral, the California Thrasher is found only in California and Baja California. More

* California Thrasher videos on the Internet Bird Collection * California Thrasher at Avibase * California Thrasher at USGS * California Thrasher photo gallery VIREO * Photo-(Field Photo-High Res); Article - "Birds of San Diego coastal scrub" Further reading - Book * Cody, M. L. 1998. California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum). More

* California Thrasher at Avibase * California Thrasher at USGS Further reading Book * Cody, M. L. 1998. California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum). In The Birds of North America, No. 323 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. Articles * Academy Of Natural Sciences Of P. (1998). More

jpg The California Thrasher is dark brown above with a buff belly and undertail coverts, and has a dark eye and a long, strongly downcurved bill. It forages on the ground, eating insects, spiders, and small lizards, also wild fruits and berries. The California Thrasher will also come to bird feeders and birdbaths. More

Bent Life History for the California Thrasher - the common name and sub-species reflect the nomenclature in use at the time the description was written. CALIFORNIA THRASHER TOXOSTOMA REDIVIVUM REDIVIVUM (Gambel) Contributed by ROBERT S. More

The California Thrasher has grayish-brown upperparts and breast, a buffy belly, a long tail, a long and much decurved bill, a black malar stripe, and dark eyes. california thrasher Female - The sexes are similar. Seasonal change in appearance - The sexes are similar. Juvenile - Juveniles resemble adults, but have less contrasting colors. More

The California Thrasher gets its name because it lives only in the state of California. The California Thrasher is also the largest thrasher. Here's how to spot this California songbird. Difficulty: Moderately EasyInstructions 1. Step 1 Look for the California Thrasher in both inland and coastal California west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can also find it in the northern parts of Baja, California. More

The California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum) is a conspicuous bird, with its long and dramatically decurved bill, the dashing style in which it runs for cover with its long tail raised, and its habit of singing almost year-round, loudly delivering rich and colorful phrases from the tops of the coyote brushes found in the chaparral sections of Edgewood Park. More

Although the California thrasher is fairly nondescript, it is one of my favorite birds. (His nose does give him away.) It has the most charming personality, and is captivating to watch. The California Thrasher has a beautiful song which in the spring it can be heard throughout the chaparral in California. And of course no one can forget that beak. It looks like a hay thrasher, hence the name. More

The California Thrasher is a large slender thrasher with a long, deeply curved bill. It is dark brown above with a lighter gray-brown breast and buff-brown undertail coverts. It has dark brown eyes, an indistinct light brown eyebrow and a dark mustache. The song of the California Thrasher is similar to that of the Northern Mockingbird, but harsher, more halting and less repetitious while its call is a low harsh chuck and a throaty quip. It is an expert mimic. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Mimidae
Genus : Toxostoma
Species : redivivum
Authority : (Gambel, 1845)