Scientific name: Toxostoma crissale
The Crissal Thrasher’s secretive habits and preference for dense vegetation in very hot, very dry southwestern habitats makes it difficult to study or even see. Its loud and musical song is a good giveaway of its presence.
The Crissal Thrasher prefers running to flying, and its speed and long tail make it look somewhat like a miniature roadrunner. It sometimes occurs in small flocks with other thrashers.