Curve-billed Thrasher

Toxostoma curvirostre

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Code 4

CBTH

Code 6

TOXCUR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Curve-billed Thrasher has a large range, estimated globally at 2,000,000 square kilometers. It is native to the United States and Mexico and prefers shrubland, grassland, and desert ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 2,300,000 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 Curve-billed Thrasher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Curve-billed Thrasher: Medium-sized thrasher (palmeri), with gray upperparts and spotted, pale gray underparts. Eyes are orange-red and bill is long and decurved. Tail is long and dark gray. Legs and feet are black. Feeds on insects, spiders, small reptiles, fruits, seeds and berries.

 

Range and Habitat

Curve-billed Thrasher: This species is a resident in southwestern U.S. to southern Mexico. It is found in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Its preferred habitats include dense aggregations of cholla cactus, mesquite, or palo verde. They also may be found in dense growth in urban areas.

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Curve-billed Thrasher SONGS AND CALLS

Curve-billed Thrasher A1

Song is a series of varied warbles, pauses, and call notes.

Curve-billed Thrasher NN1

Call is a repeated "whit-wheet".

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Voice Text

"whit-wheet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Curve-billed Thrasher that lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northwestern Mexico looks slightly different than the form that lives in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas and central Mexico, and they may be separate species.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Samira Belous

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

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