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Bendire's Thrasher

Toxostoma bendirei


Short-bill length; Pale mandible base; Contrastingly pale malar; Rufous/brown flanks; Small dots/triangles on the breast and belly. The bird did not call. It seemed more streamlined in flight than a CBTH and was observed in an Atriplex/Sage dominated desert habitat.


Atriplex/Sage dominated Sonoran desert


I encountered this individual while birding a favorite patch of mine. Its identity was confirmed by Chrissy Kondrat-Smith at the AZGFD as part of a survey to conduct territory mapping and vegetative analysis. Bendire's Thrasher is a species of special concern.

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Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

Looks to me like a bendire's! link one: Curve-billed. Link two Bendire's.

Jellis 7 years ago

I thought this looked more like a Curved billed thrasher

JoshuaGSmith 7 years ago

Thanks Malcolm! It's my first Bendire's!

Having posted my original comments I looked at the full size image you originally posted and on that the eye does indeed look yellow. I will add the crop for you. This certainly swings it towards Bendire's.

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Dec 12, 2015
Submitted on Dec 12, 2015

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