California Thrasher

Toxostoma redivivum

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Code 4

CATH

Code 6

TOXRED

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The California Thrasher is actually native to Mexico as well as the United States. This bird has a range that is nearly 200,000 square kilometers. The population of the California Thrasher is about a quarter of a million individual birds. Although this bird species was once rated as Lower Risk; that rating has since been downgraded. The rating for the California Thrasher is now Least Concern as there are no immediate threats which might decrease this bird's population or range.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

California Thrasher: Large, slender thrasher with dark brown upperparts and paler gray-brown underparts. Face is finely streaked, eyes are dark, and black bill is very long and down curved. Throat has small buff patch. Tail is long with reddish-brown undertail coverts. Legs and feet are gray-brown.

 

Range and Habitat

California Thrasher: Common in many parts of their limited range in western and central California, and in Baja California. Only western thrasher with a range that includes areas along the coast. Found in a variety of lowland, shrubby habitats, including areas of chaparral, riparian thickets, arid shrub, or thickly vegetated suburban areas.

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California Thrasher SONGS AND CALLS

California Thrasher C1

Song is a series of harsh and musical warbled phrases.

California Thrasher A1

Typical call is a "churrip".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chuck", "chur-erp"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • First collected by French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, Compte de La Pérouse in 1786, it was also found on Alejandro Malaspina’s 1791 voyage to the Pacific Coast. In 1842 William Gambel collected it, and his “rediscovery” of the California Thrasher is reflected in its species name, redivivum, meaning “resurrected."
  • It has been observed standing on nests of carpenter ants and allowing them to run over its body and through feathers, a behavior known as anting.
  • It has been reported to mimic the songs of such birds as the Northern Flicker, House Finch, Bullocks Oriole, American Robin, and Red-tailed Hawk.
  • The California Thrasher is the largest of the thrashers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X