Thrashers occur naturally in the Americas. They are related to mockingbirds and New World catbirds.

They got their common name because of the way they use their long bills to “thrash” through dirt or dead leaves, as they search for insects (their staple diet). They may also eat berries.

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)


Genus Oreoscoptes

Genus Toxostoma – typical thrashers

California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum)

Genus Ramphocinclus

Genus Allenia – formerly in Margarops

  • Scaly-breasted Thrasher, Allenia fusca
    • Barbados Scaly-breasted Thrasher, Allenia fusca atlantica – extinct (c. 1990)

Genus Margarops

  • Pearly-eyed Thrasher, Margarops fuscatus

Species Photo Gallery

Gray Thrasher Toxostoma cinereum
Sage Thrasher, Oreoscoptes montanus
Scaly-breasted Thrasher (Allenia fusca)
White-breasted Thrasher (Ramphocinclus brachyurus)
Pearly-eyed Thrasher (Margarops fuscatus)
Bendire’s Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei)
Curve-billed Thrasher
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