Bendire’s Thrasher

The Bendire's Thrasher is a medium-sized, brown songbird with yellow eyes; a long tail; and a fairly long, slightly curved bill. There is brown spotting against their pale gray chest.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Toxostoma bendirei
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
2-6 Years
SIZE
9-9.8 ” | 0.125-0.15 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Priority Species
  • Threatened
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Vulnerable
GAME STATUS
Non-Game
GAME TYPE
None
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Bendire’s Thrashers are found in desert areas in the southern portion of Nevada below 8,000 feet in elevation.

  • Agricultural Lands
  • Grasslands
  • Mojave desert

Threats

  • Habitat Loss

Natural History

Bendire’s Thrashers primarily forages on the ground for insects. They occasionally consume spiders, berries, and other fruits. They use their bill to overturn rocks and vegetation in search of insects, but they do not dig as effectively as other thrashers. The male will sing in spring and summer to defend nesting territories. They place their nests in dense low shrubs, trees, or cacti. Females lay three to five eggs, and the young leave the nest approximately 12 days after hatching.

Fun Facts

The Bendire's Thrasher was mistaken for the curve-billed thrasher for some time before being named its own separate species by Charles E. Bendire in 1872