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Crissal Thrasher

Toxostoma crissale ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: MIMIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A drably colored inhabitant of desert washes and riparian thickets of the American Southwest and central Mexico, the Crissal Thrasher can be recognized by its long, down-curved bill, its long tail, and its reddish undertail. Its mellow, musical song makes it one of the finest desert songsters.

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Appearance

Thrushlike
Thrushlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large, long-tailed songbird.
  • Dark grayish brown all over.
  • Long, down-curved bill.
  • Reddish undertail.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, except paler and duller, with browner undertail.

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  • Adult

    Crissal Thrasher

    Adult
    • © Herbert Clarke

Similar Species

  • Le Conte's Thrasher is paler sandy gray, has dark eyes, and only a wash of rusty under the tail.
  • Curve-billed Thrasher is paler gray, has faint spotting on the chest, has orange eyes, and only a wash of rusty under the tail.
  • California Thrasher is dull pale buff on the belly and under the tail, is browner, and has dark eyes.