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Thrasher (Brown)

Toxostoma rufum
Thrasher (Brown)

Range

They breed in southern Canada from Alberta east and from the northeast U.S. south to Florida and the Gulf coast. They winter in the southern part of their breeding range.

Habitat

They are found in thickets and scrubby fields.

Body Traits

They have rust-brown colored wings, back, head and tail with a white belly streaked with dark marks. They have the same colors and marks as a thrush, but have a much longer tail, yellow eyes and a long, thin beak that curves down.

Habits

They are a strong singer.

Diet

They eat insects, especially beetles, fruits, and nuts.

Reproduction

They build a big cup-shaped nest in a thick bush or on the ground made of twigs, lined with leaves. Female lays 2 – 6 pale blue, speckled eggs.

Thrasher (Brown)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Genus: Toxostoma
Species: T. rufum

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