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Crissal Thrasher

Toxostoma crissale

 Crissal Thrasher
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 12 in. (29 cm)
Normally sneaky and retiring, this large thrasher occurs in chaparral, desert scrub and desert riparian areas. Here it is most obvious when it sits on a high bush or tree and sings. It is also likely to be noticed when it uses its huge bill to toss leaves and vegetation out of its way on the ground. It eats insects, berries and small invertebrates. The nest is a shallow cup made of shredded bark and grass and placed low in a dense bush. The four-digit banding code is CRTH.

Chaparral
Chaparral

Desert
Desert

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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