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Brown Thrasher

Toxostoma rufum

Description:

The Brown Thrasher is bright reddish-brown above with thin, dark streaks on its buffy underparts. It has a whitish-colored chest with distinguished teardrop-shaped markings on its chest. Its long, rufous tail is rounded with paler corners, and eyes are a brilliant yellow. Its bill is brownish, long, and curves downward. Both male and females are similar in appearance.

Habitat:

The only thrasher to live primarily east of the Rockies and central Texas, it prefers to live in woodland edges, thickets and dense brush. It can also inhabit areas that are agricultural and near suburban areas, but is less likely to live near housing than other bird species.

Notes:

This is the first year I've seen these birds around our home, and they are very skiddish, so I was happy to snap a quick picture while he was visiting our nearby bird bath.

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albear1960
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albear1960

Missouri, USA

Spotted on Jul 5, 2012
Submitted on Jul 5, 2012

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