Description of the Crissal Thrasher

BREEDING MALE

The Crissal Thrasher has grayish-brown upperparts and underparts, a long tail, a long and much decurved bill, a black malar stripe, yellow eyes, and rufous undertail coverts.

 

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Female

The sexes are similar.

Seasonal change in appearance

None.

Juvenile

Juveniles are slightly paler and redder.

Habitat

Crissal Thrashers inhabit streamside brush and dense thickets.

Diet

Crissal Thrashers eat insects and a few berries.

Behavior

Crissal Thrashers forage primarily on the ground.

Range

Crissal Thrashers are resident in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. The population appears to be stable or declining.

Fun Facts

Crissal Thrashers have a long breeding season, from February to July.

Crissal Thrashers make rapid dashes, similar in speed and style to roadrunners.

Vocalizations

Calls include a "churry-churry" sound, while the song is a slow series of musical phrases.

Nesting

The Crissal Thrasher’s nest is a cup of thorny twigs lined with finer materials, and is placed low in dense, thorny vegetation.

Number: Usually lay 2-3 eggs.
Color: Bluish-green.

Incubation and fledging:
The young hatch at about 14 days, and leave the nest in about another 12 days, though continuing to associate with the adults for some time.