Crissal Thrasher

Toxostoma crissale

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Code 4

CRTH

Code 6

TOXCRI

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Crissal Thrasher has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 square kilometers. It is native to the United States and Mexico and prefers subtropical or tropical shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 260,000 individuals and it does not appear to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of the Crissal Thrasher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Crissal Thrasher: Large thrasher with gray-brown upperparts and unstreaked, gray underparts. The throat is white with dark moustache stripe, eyes are yellow, and black bill is long and strongly decurved. Tail is very long with chestnut-brown undertail coverts. Legs and feet are black.


Range and Habitat

Crissal Thrasher: This species is a resident in southern Nevada, extreme southwestern Utah, southeastern California, much of Arizona, southern New Mexico, western Texas and south to central Mexico. Preferred habitats include in dense, low scrubby vegetation, such as desert, foothill scrub, and riparian brush.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chideery", "cheeoo-ree-eep", or a "toit-toit-toit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Crissal Thrasher is the only thrasher that lays unspotted eggs.
  • It walks and runs around its territory more than it flies. Even when disturbed by a person or a predator it is most likely to run away to cover.
  • Their nest is usually built close up under a large branch, making access rather difficult. The location seems to afford protection from both aerial predators and from the direct rays of the sun.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Crissal Thrasher

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

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Samira Belous

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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.
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