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Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum )


Photo © Burline Pullin

Brown Thrasher nest

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Brown Thrasher eggs

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Brown Thrasher, sexes alike

Photo © Debbie McKenzie

Adult

Photo © Andy Jordan

Adult

Photo © Bill Thompson

Adult

Photo © Dave Wendelken

Adult

Photo © Keith Alderman

Adult

Photo © Rockytopk9

Song (eastern)

© Wilbur L. Hershberger

Tschuck call

© Curtis A. Marantz

Teeuwa call

© Wilbur L. Hershberger

Song (eastern)

© Wilbur L. Hershberger

Song (western)

© L. Irby Davis

Growling krhrh and churr

© Wilbur L. Hershberger

Song (western)

© Geoffrey A. Keller

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

river

shrub

Substrates

ground

Bush or Shrub

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cup

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

2
6

Nest Height

7 ft
2 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

11-14
days

Brooding Period

11-12
days

Useful Hints

  • The Brown Thrasher nests in dense shrubs, especially those with thorns.
  • An aggressive defender of its nest, the Brown Thrasher is known to strike people and dogs hard enough to draw blood.
  • Occasionally reuses nests built in previous years.