Bendire's ThrasherToxostoma bendirei
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Mimidae
A secretive bird of open desert habitats, Bendire’s Thrasher is a lanky, dusty brown songster with a curved bill that is somewhat shorter than in other desert thrashers. Bendire’s Thrasher spends much of its time on the ground, catching insects or digging them out of crevices in the ground. It sometimes ventures into low vegetation where it hunts insects or eats small fruits. It has undergone sharp population declines and has a small range, two vulnerabilities that have placed it on the Partners in Flight Red Watch List.More ID Info
Find This Bird
Bendire’s Thrashers are inconspicuous birds best sought in late winter and early spring. At these seasons, males perch in bush tops and sing a long string of repeated phrases, mostly in the morning. Walk through brushy habitat in deserts, grasslands, and Joshua tree stands to listen for singers and watch for for partially hidden birds foraging on the ground.
- Cuitlacoche Piquicorto (Spanish)
- Moqueur de Bendire (French)
- Cool Facts
- Bendire’s Thrasher is named in honor of Major Charles E. Bendire, who collected the first specimen near what is now downtown Tucson, Arizona, in 1872. At the time, some other ornithologists thought the specimen was a Curve-billed Thrasher, and not a new species at all.
- Bendire's Thrasher often runs along the ground with its long tail cocked over its back. However, when startled it's more likely to take flight than other species of desert thrashers such as Crissal and LeConte's.
- The oldest recorded Bendire's Thrasher was a male and at least 9 years, 6 months, when it was caught and released in California.