January 25, 2016 – Le Conte’s Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei)

Found in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, these thrashers live in remote desert scrub habitats. Feeding on invertebrates, along with occasional seeds and berries, they rarely drink water, getting most of the moisture they need from their insect prey. They forage mostly on the ground, using their long bills to dig for food. Pairs build open cup-shaped nests from twigs in spiny desert shrubs and cholla cactus. Both sexes incubate the eggs and care for the chicks, staying together in permanent territories year-round.