California Thrasher

Toxostoma redivivum

A long-tailed bird of the chaparral, the California Thrasher is found only in California and Baja California.

Interesting Information

  • The California Thrasher is the largest of the thrashers.


Adult Description

  • Size: 32 cm (13 in)

  • Wingspan: 31 cm (12 in)

  • Weight: 78-93 g (2.75-3.28 ounces)

  • Large, long-tailed songbird.

  • Grayish brown all over.

  • Long, down-curved bill.

  • Reddish brown underside.

  • Tail dark with paler gray corners.

  • Eyes brown.

  • Bill blackish.

  • Legs blackish.

Sex Differences

Sexes Similar


Similar to adult, but generally duller, with less distinct features and fewer contrasts than in adult.


Photo taken from: The Sibley Field Guide by David Allen Sibley

© 2003 Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Lowland and coastal chaparral, and riparian woodland thickets. Also parks and gardens.


Feeds chiefly under cover on the ground by swinging its bill in sideways arcs, digging vigorously and noisily in leaf litter, and peering intently into its excavations.


Insects and fruits.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
     Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
    Subfamily: Trochilinae
Genus: Toxostoma
Species: Toxostoma redivivum
    Subspecies: Toxostoma redivivum redivivum
  Toxostoma redivivum sonomae

Similar Species

  • Crissal Thrasher is darker and grayer all over, has a black mustache stripe, light eyes, and reddish under the tail.

  • Le Conte's Thrasher is paler sandy gray, with the pale belly contrasting with the wash of rusty under the tail.

  • Curve-billed Thrasher has faint spotting on the chest and orange eyes.

  • California Towhee is similarly colored, but is smaller and has short, thick bill.

Bird Sound

Song is a long series of warbled, variable phrases, some musical and other harsh, which may be repeated once or twice. Call a dry "chak."

Eggs look like this

Photo taken from: ARCTOS Collaborative Collection Management Solution