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Long-billed Thrasher /cuitlacoche pico largo (Toxostoma longirostre)

Voice: Calls include a whistled “deeooip,” a loud “chuk,” and a dry rattle. The song is varied and musical.

Long-billed Thrasher
Status: Fairly common resident in densely forested regions of the Valley. Most common in wildlife refuges along the Rio Grande corridor. Although often heard, Long-billed Thrashers may stay hidden for long periods. During the breeding season, males may be spotted singing from treetops; sometimes heard “thrashing” while foraging on forest floor.

Habitat: Long-billed Thrashers require fairly large tracts of dense woodland habitat.

Best Spots: Found in forested areas (and feeding stations) at Bentsen SP, Santa Ana NWR, Sabal Palm Grove, and Laguna Atascosa NWR, common year round in brush area, especially Hunters lane, of Resaca de la Palma State Park

Similar Species: Most closely resembles Brown Thrasher, a rare migrant and winter visitor to the Valley. Compared to Brown Thrasher, Long-billed Thrasher has longer-bill, grayer face, and darker upperparts. Differs from Curve-billed Thrasher (the only other thrasher in range) in both plumage and habitat: Long-billed is more heavily streaked below and is found in woodlands (while Curve-billed prefers dry thornscrub thickets and urban areas).

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