LeConte's Thrasher Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A large songbird with a very long tail and a very long, curved bill. It has short, rounded wings and long, strong legs.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than a Northern Mockingbird, slightly smaller than a California Scrub-Jay.

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    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.4-11.0 in (24-28 cm)
      • Weight: 1.9-2.7 oz (55-76 g)

Regional Differences

Ornithologists recognize three subspecies, which differ slightly in size and plumage tone: lecontei in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, macmillanorum in the San Joaquin Valley of California, and arenicola in the Vizcaíno Desert of Baja California, Mexico.

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