Curve-billed Thrasher

General description.

An inhabitant of the desert southwest, the "Curve-billed Thrasher's" breast is faintly spotted and his tail shows dull white tips on the outer feathers. His eyes are either orange or yellowish. He can be seen, on the ground in open areas, using his large curved bill for tossing aside dead leaves while probing insects from the soil.

Breeding habits.

The "Curve-billed Thrasher" breeds where it resides in brush country. He and his mate stay together year round and may remain paired for life.

Calls or song.

Breeding males warble a long series of trills containing abrupt pauses. The most commonly heard double whistle call, a high pitched "whit-wheet" is uttered by both sexes.

Population and distribution.

This bird is fond of water, and frequently approaches ranch houses to drink and bathe.

Nesting habits.

Like the "Cactus Wren" this thrasher builds a conspicuous nest, yet hard to reach due to placement in the center of thorny vegetation. Observers marvel at the bird's ability to pick its way in and out without being impaled. There four pale blue-green eggs, speckled with brown are laid in a bulky cup of twigs and rootlets.
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