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    Saguaro

    National Park Arizona

Curve-billed Thrasher

Curve-billed Thrasher

NPS

Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)

The curve-billed thrasher is a large, grayish-brown bird with yellow eyes and a noticeably curved bill. A ground forager, the curve-billed thrasher uses its bill to flick aside and dig in the soil for insects and seeds. It builds a nest of twigs in cholla cactus, yucca, or mesquite and has been known to destroy cactus wren nests when nesting sites are in demand.

Length: 11 in. Wingspan: 13.5 in.

Diet: Insects, berries, and fruit

Did You Know?

Saguaro Blossoms

The saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona. In early summer, the Tohono O’odham people come to Saguaro National Park to harvest the saguaro fruit.