Toxostoma rufum


Common Names: Brown thrasher
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Mockingbirds & Thrashers


A bird in the Mimidae family, a family which also includes the New World Catbirds and Mockingbirds. The Brown Thrasher is bright reddish-brown above with thin, dark streaks on its buffy underparts. Its long, rufous tail is rounded with paler corners, and eyes are a brilliant gold. Adults average about 11.5 inches long with a wingspan of 13 inches, and have an average mass of 2.4 oz.

It is found in thickets and dense brush, often searching for food in dry leaves on the ground. It also enjoys the convergence of mowed to unmowed lawns, particularly if there are ample shrubs or shrubby trees, i.e., fruit orchards that the undergrowth is left undisturbed. It also enjoys perennial gardens and can be seen jumping from the ground to catch insects on flowers and foliage.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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