Brown Thrasher

(Toxostoma rufum)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Brown Thrasher

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Woodland edges, dense thickets, overgrown pastures. Rarely near human habitation but sometimes seen on the ground near bird feeders.

Size

11½ in length

13 wingspan

   
    Photo by Richard Thrasher

Identification

This is a medium sized, 11½ long, slender bird with a wingspan of 13. It weighs about 2.4 ounces.

Males and females share the same size and appearance. The upper parts are bright reddish-brown (rufous). The chest and belly are whitish and heavily streaked with distinctive, tear-drop shaped spots. The elongated spots give the underparts an appearance usually described as “streaked”, as opposed to the “spotted” underparts of the Wood Thrush. The tail is rufous, rounded at the tip, and has pale corners. The eyes are bright orangish-yellow. The bill is long, brown, and downward-curved.

 
Voice

The song is long and complex and defies description. It consists of a series of short phrases, each repeated once.

 
Similar
Species

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) wings are entirely brown, not barred. The underparts are spotted, not streaked. The eye is dark with a bold white ring.


Food

Insects and other arthropods, berries, nuts, and seeds. Berries and acorns in the winter.

 
Nesting

The male and female build a nest together in May or June. The nest is usually low in a tree or in a low shrub, sometimes on the ground. It is constructed of grass, twigs, and leaves, and is lined with fine vegetation. The female lays 3 to 5 eggs. The eggs hatch in 11 to 14 days. The young begin to leave the nest 9 to 13 days after hatching. There are usually two broods, sometimes three, each year.

 
Migration

 


Comments

 


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Mimidae (mockingbirds and thrashers)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

Visitor Photos

   
Share your photo of this bird.

Richard Thrasher


A Brown Thrasher visited the Thrasher's today!

  Brown Thrasher   Brown Thrasher

Wayne Rasmussen


  Brown Thrasher    

       
       
       

MinnesotaSeasons.com Photos

   
  Brown Thrasher   Brown Thrasher
       
       

 

Camera

     

Slideshows

   
  Brown Thrasher
JMC Nature Photos
 
  Brown Thrasher  
     
  Thrashers
jt893x
 
  Thrashers  
     
  Brown Thrasher
Joshua Mayer
 
  Brown Thrasher  
 
About

Toxostoma rufum

 
     
  Brown Thrasher
Craig A. Mullenbach
 
  Brown Thrasher  
     

 

slideshow

     

Visitor Videos

   
Share your video of this bird.

     
     

Other Videos

 
  Brown Thrasher, Toxostoma rufum singing
Rob Curtis
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 30, 2014

Brown Thrasher, Toxostoma rufum, singing.

Photo gallery at:
http://www.theearlybirder.com/mimics/brown-thrasher/index.htm

 
     
  Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma Rufum)
birdguyusa
 
   
 
About

Published on Jul 20, 2013

Brown Thrasher Toxostoma Rufum This was the first time I seen these guys and found them totally awesome. This is part 3

 
     
  A Song and a Bath
Lew Scharpf
 
   
 
About

Published on May 17, 2013

This video features the Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) singing and taking a dust bath. Brown Thrashers are excellent singers and have one of the largest song repertoire of any bird in North America. They also frequently take dust baths which helps to keep their feather clean and dry.

 
     
  Brown Thrasher
PizzoEcology
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Aug 17, 2009

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

 
     
  Juvenile Brown Thrashers (Toxostoma rufum) preening
colong7034
 
   
 
About

Published on Aug 21, 2013

Juvenile Brown Thrashers (Toxostoma rufum) preening. Transylvania County, NC. Shot 8/21/13

 
     

 

Camcorder

         

Visitor Sightings

   
Share your sighting of this bird.

Kylene
5/22/2017

Location: Watson MN

I have a pair of Brown Thrashers nesting in the very old honeysuckle right next to my house, near a window, I can see them sitting on the nest! 


Richard
Thrasher

5/21/2017

Location: Green Isle, MN

He's been scavenging under our bird feeder for the last couple days. First time we've had one that we've seen in our yard!

Brown Thrasher


Libby F.
4/22/2017

Location: Near Blooming Prairie, Minnesota

Beautiful song! It's been hanging out on the top of our tallest trees for 2 days now. 


CaffeinedinMN
6/10/2016

Location: Cannon Falls

This bird had amazing color (like the family Irish Setter) at my feeder this morning.


Wayne Rasmussen
5/29/2016

Location: Maplewood, MN (Maplewood Hts Park)

Wayne's World of Graphics
http://waynelr.smugmug.com/
http://waynelr.blogspot.com/

Brown Thrasher


Wendy Shavor
5/22/2016

Location: Sunrise, MN

Watched one singing from the treetops in a wooded area for two mornings. Quite the variety of sounds! Had never seen one before, so had to figure out what it was.


Julie Jenson
5/11/2016

Location: Northeast Minneapolis

Never saw one before. It was sitting in my lilac bush and flipping over the wood chips under the bird feeder.


Wally Swanson
5/1/2016

Location: St. Paul MN

We've never seen this species of bird before, but it showed up this weekend in our backyard in the Lexington-Hamline neighborhood of St. Paul. It appears on the ground beneath our bird feeder.


Brian Borowski
4/28/2016

Location: Farmington MN

This bird has been hanging out all week feeding of my bird feeder. Other birds do not like him.


Shawn
2/8/2016

Location: Spicer, MN

First one I have ever seen in my yard!


Kevin
7/26/2015

Location: Oak Grove

Just saw our first one


Kendi
5/7/2015

Location: anoka

There is at least one that's been around our yard for the past week.


fike
5/10/2015

Location: coon rapids mn

We sighted a pair at our ground feeding tray. Beautiful color. Have never had this type of bird at our feeder before.


Gay Smith
12/2/2014

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Did not know they wintered here. He comes to my suet feeder everyday. Love watching him.


Steve
4/22/2014

Dodge Nature Center - Lilly Property


nanette hartman
6/26/2014

Location: green isle, mn

just refilled bird feeder and attracted blue jays and a burd of similar marking and size. Light brown orange colored. Like a light burnt orange color. Upon research I am fairly positive it was a thrasher. (Of some sort) 2 flew in landed under bird feeder and fed off the ground as blue jays fed above. Looking at the one now. Kinda a orangy cocoa colored Bird. Never seen one before.


     
     
 

MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings

   


 

 

Binoculars

Last Updated:

About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | © 2017 MinnesotaSeasons.com. All rights reserved.