• Big-berry manzanita and the skyline of the high peaks greet visitors who explore the steep and narrow portion of the High Peaks trail. NPS Photo|Sierra Willoughby

    Pinnacles

    National Park California

California Thrasher

California Thrasher

California Thrasher

©NPS/Carlo Arreglo

California ThrasherToxostoma redivivum

This bird can be very difficult to see since its preferred habitat is often dense chaparral. You may hear it foraging in chaparral or leaf litter and perhaps expect a California Towhee but the thrasher’s black bill is long and down-curved. An expert mimic, the California Thrasher has been known to imitate Northern Flicker, House Finch, and American Robin.


Diet: Insects, seeds, small fruits


Wingspan: 12.5” Length: 12”


Did you know? Like a chaparral version of the American Avocet, thrashers swipe their long bills sideways to stir up food.

Did You Know?

Yellow Starthistle

The yellow star thistle is one of many invasive (non-native) plants threatening the ecosystems of Pinnacles. Many seeds are accidentally transported into the park on shoes and gear; you can do your part to prevent the spread of these pests by cleaning shoes, socks, and gear before visiting the park.