Thorn brush and scrub, semi-desert (especially where mesquite or cholla cactus is present), shrubby areas, open brushy woodland, and around towns .Back to top
Insects, seeds, berries.Back to top
Deep cup of twigs, lined with grasses or other fine materials, placed in a cholla cactus or spiny shrub.
|Clutch Size:||3-5 eggs|
|Egg Description:||Light bluish green, heavily spotted with reddish brown.|
|Condition at Hatching:||Helpless.|
Forages on ground, pokes and probes in plant litter, and digs holes in the soil with its long, down-curved bill.Back to top
Curve-billed Thrasher populations declined by 37% between 1966 and 2015, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 3 million, with 36% living in the U.S., and 64% in Mexico. The species rates a 9 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. Curve-billed Thrasher is a U.S.-Canada Stewardship species, and is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List. Declines may be due to the loss of habitat to urban development and agriculture.Back to top
This species often comes to backyards if food is offered. 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.Back to top
Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.
Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.
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Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.
Tweit, Robert C. 1996. Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.