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Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
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Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)

General Description: Curve-billed Thrashers (Toxostoma curvirostre) are large, sexually monomorphic, light gray-brown birds with a long, black, decurved bill and a big yellow eye. The chest and belly are faintly spotted, the throat is light, and the bill is all dark. The song is a long series of sharp, short, musical phrases that are not repeated. Call is a distinctive, sharp "whit-whit," or sometimes "whit-whit-whit."

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Mimidae.

Favored Habitat: Sonoran Desert thorn-scrub, semi-desert with mesquite and cholla cactus.

Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)

Where to Find: Don't look for Curve-billed Thrasher around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them on trips to the Sonoran Desert where they can be found from southern Arizona to Texas. Do keep an eye out in the southern part of our state, as several have been seen in Searchlight since 2012. Perhaps this species is moving north in response to climate change.

Comments: Sings a soft, but long and involved song that goes on and on.

Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) If you were a tasty bug or a plump berry, this might be the last face you ever see!
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Note the spotted front and long, decurved bill
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Note decurved bill is entirely black (including the base)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
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Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher; Portal, Arizona
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher; Portal, Arizona
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher on a Saguaro Cactus
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curve-billed Thrasher on Joshua Tree
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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