Curve-billed Thrasher

Gray bird with yellow eye and long, curved beak perches on a cactus skeleton in a natural setting.
Curve-billed Thrasher

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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

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