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Bendire's Thrasher

Toxostoma bendirei

Bendire's Thrasher
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 10 in. (25 cm)
Restricted to poor and open desert areas, the Bendire's Thrasher is most easily seen singing from a high perch or telephone pole or running with its tail up in the air across the ground between sparse bushes. This species rarely enters urban and only occasionally suburban areas. Its cup-like nest is placed in a bush or small tree and is constructed from small twigs, grass and leaves. They eat seeds in the winter and large insects in the Spring and Summer. The four-digit banding code is BETH.

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