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Sage Thrasher

Oreoscoptes montanus

Sage Thrasher
copyright Earle Robinson
Length: 9 in. (22 cm)
Wintering regularly but sparsely in low open brushland and agricultural areas, this species feeds on berries and seeds on or near the ground. In the summer it breeds in open sagebrush areas and feeds largely on insects. The bulky nest is constructed of small twigs and placed near the ground or low in a sagebrush. Its deep blue eggs make it easy for the parents to recognize the white and speckled brown cowbird eggs and remove the intruder's eggs. The four-digit banding code is SATH.
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Female
copyright Oliver Niehuis

Desert
Desert

Shrubs
Shrubs

Agricultural
Agricultural

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Male
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