This bird is bright reddish-brown above with thin, dark streaks on its buffy underparts. Its long, rufous tail is rounded with paler corners, and eyes are a brilliant gold. It has one of the largest song repertoires of any North American bird and they mimic the calls of other birds. They eat insects, berries, nuts, seeds, suet, as well as earthworms, snails, and sometimes lizards. Roosting and sleeping behavior is almost unknown, but they presumably roost and sleep within dense bushes. During the day, they spend up to half their time on the ground or in low bushes or trees.
It is found in thickets and dense brush, lawns with shrubs or shrubby trees. Its breeding range includes the United States and Canada east of the Rocky Mountains. It is a partial migrant, with northern birds wintering in the southern USA, where it occurs throughout the year. Seen in my yard
In 1928, the school children of Georgia selected the brown thrasher as the state bird.
Lat: 35.93, Long: -79.04
Spotted on May 28, 2012
Submitted on May 29, 2012