Long-billed Thrasher: Medium, shy thrasher with gray-washed brown upperparts and heavily streaked, pale underparts. Eyes are orange. Bill is long, black, and decurved. Wings have two white bars. Tail is long and rufous. Legs and feet are brown. Eats insects, small amphibians and fruit.
Range and Habitat
Long-billed Thrasher: Resident in south-central Texas and northeastern Mexico. Found in dense tangles and thickets in both open country and wooded areas.
The Long-billed Thrasher has a long and complicated song like other thrashers and mockingbirds, but it is not known to include mimicry in its repertoire.
The common name describes their behaviour when searching for food on the ground: they use their long bills to "thrash" through dirt or dead leaves.
There are 34 thrasher species world wide, 12 are found in North America.
Thrashers are aggressive defender of their nests and have been known to strike intruders.