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Bendire's Thrasher

Toxostoma bendirei ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: MIMIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Bendire's Thrasher is a bird of the deserts of southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Unlike other southwestern thrashers, it leaves the northern portion of its breeding range in winter, and wanderers sometimes appear at unexpected locations.

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Appearance

Thrushlike
Thrushlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large, long-tailed songbird.
  • Dull grayish brown all over.
  • Long, slightly down-curved bill.
  • Faint spots on chest and belly.

Immature Description

Similar to adult.

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Similar Species

  • Curve-billed Thrasher has longer, more curved, all dark bill, larger and more rounded spots on breast, and more orange eyes. Juvenile Curve-billed Thrasher may have yellow eyes and straighter bill.
  • Sage Thrasher is smaller, has a shorter and straighter bill, is paler below, and has heavier streaking on chest.