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White-breasted Thrasher Ramphocinclus brachyurus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Mimidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Jennifer L. Mortensen, Katherine F. Freeman, and Matthew N. Morton

White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus), locally known as gòj blan in Kwéyòl or moqueur gorge-blanche, is an endangered songbird with endemic subspecies on the islands of Saint Lucia and Martinique. The thrasher has an unusual breeding behavior called cooperative breeding, whereby offspring often remain at home and help their parents raise subsequent broods, rather than dispersing to breed independently. Despite being globally rare, thrashers are relatively easy to find within their range – they are habitat specialists restricted to seasonal deciduous forest, preferring areas containing dense saplings and abundant leaf litter – and will usually let you know of their presence. Semper and Sclater (1872; page 648) said of the species, "It is an inquisitive, noisy bird, and, on seeing anything larger than itself passing by, will stand head and tail elevated, wings drooping, and with open mouth, keep up a constant warning chatter, and throwing itself about in all sorts of contortions. When a mob of them act thus together, as they often do, the scene is an amusing one to the passer-by, and useful, as it often indicates the presence of a snake or of game".


© James L. Gulledge

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

Recommended Citation

Mortensen, J. L., K. F. Freeman, and M. N. Morton (2014). White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.