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Toxostoma cinereum

Gray Thrasher

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Mimidae

Authors: Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores & M.C. Arizmendi

The Gray Thrasher is relatively common within its restricted distribution, which is centered on central and southern Baja California. It is a large, predominantly grayish-brown thrasher, with a reasonably long, slightly decurved bill, and pale, blackish-spotted underparts. Within its range identification should prove straightforward. Gray Thrashers inhabit desert scrub, although they usually found in the most diverse, taller vegetation, and are found from sea level to at least 1500 m locally. They feed largely on the ground, taking arthropods, cactus fruits, and perhaps other fruits too. The nest is a platform of twigs, usually sited rather low above the ground in a cactus or thorny scrub.

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Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C., C. Rodríguez-Flores & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. Gray Thrasher (Toxostoma cinereum), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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