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Toxostoma rufum

Common Name: Brown Thrasher
Toxostoma rufum
Toxostoma rufum

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Genus: Toxostoma
Species: Toxostoma rufum

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Brown thrashers are 12" long with 13" wingspans. They are a reddish brown in color and have a white breast with black streaks.

Habitat & Range

Brown thrashers live in forests, thickets, and fields.

Their breeding range consists of the northeastern quarter of the United States, and they migrate to the southeastern US for the winter.


Brown thrashers feed on insects and invertebrates.

They have a wide vocal range of calls, and will mimic other birds.

Featured image by Trisha Shears.


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