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California Thrasher


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A long-tailed bird of the chaparral, the California Thrasher is found only in California and Baja California.

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Adult Description

  • Large, long-tailed songbird.
  • Grayish brown all over.
  • Long, down-curved bill.
  • Reddish brown underside.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but generally duller, with less distinct features and fewer contrasts than in adult.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Crissal Thrasher is darker and grayer all over, has a black mustache stripe, light eyes, and reddish under the tail.
  • Le Conte's Thrasher is paler sandy gray, with the pale belly contrasting with the wash of rusty under the tail.
  • Curve-billed Thrasher has faint spotting on the chest and orange eyes.
  • California Towhee is similarly colored, but is smaller and has short, thick bill.