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Long-billed Thrasher

Scientific name: Toxostoma longirostre

A relative of the more widely distributed Brown Thrasher, the Long-billed Thrasher is grayer and does have the longer bill that its name implies. Though the Long-billed Thrasher’s population is not well measured, it has likely declined considerably due to the loss of about 95% of its preferred habitat in Texas.

Long-billed Thrashers make good use of their bills when foraging. They vigorously toss leaf litter aside and probe the soil for insects, but also work their way through bushes picking berries. Long-billed Thrashers sometimes bathe by brushing their feathers against wet leaves and then preening.