California Thrasher

Toxostoma redivivum

Like its relatives in the mockingbird family, the California Thrasher assembles its musical performance from the songs of its neighbors. Most of the time, this stocky bird is hidden in the chaparral. It forages on the ground, “thrashing” the leaf-litter with its long, down-curved bill to uncover the crickets it relishes. In spring, both males and females sing in the tops of scrub oaks, where you can get a good view at their sickle-shaped bills.

Fun Fact:
The California Thrasher's call is a mix of the songs of other birds

What’s for Lunch:
Insects, especially Jerusalem crickets, and fruits

Where’s Home:
Chaparral, year-round