Living Bird Magazine
Crissal ThrasherToxostoma crissale
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Mimidae
A drably colored inhabitant of desert washes and riparian thickets of the American Southwest and central Mexico, the Crissal Thrasher can be recognized by its long, down-curved bill, its long tail, and its reddish undertail. Its mellow, musical song makes it one of the finest desert songsters.More ID Info
- Cuicacoche Crisal (Spanish)
- Moqueur cul-roux (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Crissal Thrasher is the only thrasher that lays unspotted eggs.
- The nest of the Crissal Thrasher is usually built close up under a large branch, making access rather difficult. The location seems to afford protection from both aerial predators and from the direct rays of the sun.
- The Crissal Thrasher walks and runs around its territory more than it flies. Even when disturbed by a person or a predator the thrasher is most likely to run away to cover.
- The oldest recorded Crissal Thrasher was at least 4 years, 5 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Arizona in 1944. It had been banded in the same state in 1941.