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Crissal Thrasher Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A large songbird with a long tail, a long, curved bill, and rather long legs.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Northern Mockingbird, smaller than a Common Grackle.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 11.8 in (30 cm)
      • Weight: 1.9-2.5 oz (53-70 g)
      • Wingspan: 12.6 in (32 cm)

Regional Differences

There are four subspecies of Crissal Thrasher that have minor differences in size and plumage tones. The subspecies crissale is the easternmost of the four, nesting from Arizona to western Texas and south into adjacent parts of Mexico. To the west, from Utah to southern California, the paler coloradense is resident. The other two subspecies are resident in Mexico: trinitatis in Baja California and the smaller, darker dumosum in central Mexico.