brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 10 inches
Slender bill with base of lower mandible yellow
Rufous crown, nape and upperparts
White underparts with heavy black streaking
White wing bars
Long rufous tail
Most often found in dense vegetation in hedgerows, old fields, and wood edges where it often forages on the ground
With its rufous upperparts and long tail the brown thrasher might be
confused with the local long-billed thrasher (south Texas) but it has
a shorter, less decurved bill and a browner face. Thrushes are similar
but are spotted below and have shorter tails.
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 2-5
Length of Incubation: 11-14 days
Days to Fledge: 9-13
Number of Broods: 2, rarely 3?
Diet: Mostly fruit; lesser quantities of insects, seeds, reptiles or
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February R
Crooked Run Valley