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Curve-billed Thrasher


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A common bird of the arid Southwest, the Curve-billed Thrasher occurs in a range of habitats. Perhaps because of its broader tolerances, it is the most widespread of the western thrashers.

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Adult Description

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

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but with shorter, straighter bill, more yellow eyes, and less obvious spots.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Bendire's Thrasher has shorter, straighter bill with a pale area at the base, finer, more triangular spots on breast, and yellower eyes. Juvenile Curved-bill Thrasher may have yellow eyes and straighter bill.
  • Crissal Thrasher has plain breast and dark rusty under the tail.
  • California Thraher has a plain reddish brown underside and dark eyes, and there is very little range overlap with the Curve-billed Trasher.