Long-billed ThrasherToxostoma longirostre
11" (28 cm). Jay-sized. Rufous-brown above, white below with blacks streaks. Curved bill, long tail. Similar to Brown Thrasher, but darker and grayer on head and face, with longer bill, and with orange, not yellow, eye.
Song a varied series of paired phrases similar to those of the Brown Thrasher; call a low chuck.
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Dense tangles and thickets in both open country and wooded areas and in both moist and dry regions.
Resident in south-central Texas and nearby northeastern Mexico.
This close relative of the Brown Thrasher is equally at home in dense mesquite thickets in the driest regions and in heavy bottomland forests near the Rio Grande. Many nests have been found, but details of the Long-billed Thrasher's habits remain relatively unknown. They feed extensively on insects, supplemented by fruits.
3 or 4 pale blue, brown-dotted eggs in a nest of twigs and leaves, lined with rootlets and placed in a dense thorn bush or cactus. Resident in south-central Texas and nearby northeastern Mexico.