Long-billed Thrasher

Toxostoma longirostre

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Code 4

LBTH

Code 6

TOXLON

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Long-billed Thrasher has a large range, estimated globally at 300,000 square kilometers. Native to Mexico and the United States, this bird prefers forest and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 390,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Long-billed Thrasher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Long-billed Thrasher: Medium, shy thrasher with gray-washed brown upperparts and heavily streaked, pale underparts. Eyes are orange. Bill is long, black, and decurved. Wings have two white bars. Tail is long and rufous. Legs and feet are brown. Eats insects, small amphibians and fruit.


Range and Habitat

Long-billed Thrasher: Resident from south-central Texas through Tamaulipas and eastern Coahuila along the Atlantic slope of Mexico to central Veracruz. Most common in the dense woodland along the lower Rio Grande River. It occurs in brushy or thicketed habitats in both open country and wooded areas.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tsuck", "kleak", "cheeooep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • 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 common name describes their behaviour when searching for food on the ground: they use their long bills to "thrash" through dirt or dead leaves.
  • There are 34 thrasher species world wide, 12 are found in North America.
  • Thrashers are aggressive defender of their nests and have been known to strike intruders.

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RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Long-billed Thrasher

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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Gary Owen Dick

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Samira Belous

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