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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.


Typical Voice

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.

    Backyard Tips

    This species often comes to bird feeders. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.



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