Living Bird Magazine
Long-billed ThrasherToxostoma longirostre
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Mimidae
A resident of dense brushy habitats, the Long-billed Thrasher is found only in southern Texas and eastern Mexico. It closely resembles its rustier relative, the Brown Thrasher, which spends the winter in some of the same areas.More ID Info
- Cuitlacoche Piquilargo (Spanish)
- Moqueur à long bec (French)
- Cool Facts
- Although the Long-billed Thrasher has a longer bill than the similar-looking Brown Thrasher, it does not have a particularly long bill for a thrasher. Le Conte's and California thrashers, and even fellow Texan Crissal Thrasher have much longer and more strongly curved bills.
- The Long-billed Thrasher has a long and complicated song like other thrashers and mockingbirds, but it is not known to include mimicry in its repertoire.
- The oldest recorded Long-billed Thrasher was at least 8 years, 8 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Texas.