Bendire's Thrasher Toxostoma bendirei


Bendire’s Thrasher, which was named for Major Charles Bendire, a US army surgeon and naturalist, by Elliott Coues, breeds in the southeast United States, where it is principally a summer visitor, and northwest Mexico, where it is largely resident. It is a relatively large, but drably plumaged thrasher, with no obvious spotting on the underparts, for instance. It is found in open desert scrub with scattered taller trees, but shuns denser vegetation, for examples along seasonal streams, and is principally found at elevations between sea level and approximately 1800 m. Three subspecies are generally recognized, but the validity of these has been questioned.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Bendire's Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: