thrasher


thrasher
/thrash"euhr/, n.
1. a person or thing that thrashes.
2. any of several long-tailed, thrushlike birds, esp. of the genus Toxostoma, related to the mockingbirds. Cf. brown thrasher.
3. thresher (def. 2).
[1350-1400; ME; see THRASH, -ER1]

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Any of 17 species (family Mimidae) of New World songbirds that have a downcurved bill and are noted for noisily foraging on the ground in dense thickets and for loud, varied songs.

Thrashers occur from northern Canada to central Mexico and the Caribbean. The brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum), of North America east of the Rocky Mountains, is about 12 in. (30 cm) long and has red-brown plumage with streaked underparts. Long-tailed drab species are found in the arid southwestern U.S. and in Mexico.

Brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum).

Thase Daniel

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bird
 any of numerous New World birds with downcurved bills, noted for noisy foraging on the ground in dense thickets and for loud varied songs. The 17 species, of the family Mimidae (order Passeriformes), range from the Canadian northwest to central Mexico and east to New England and the Caribbean. Best known is the brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) of North America east of the Rockies—a 30-centimetre (12-inch) red-brown bird with streaked underparts. In the arid southwestern United States and in Mexico are long-tailed drab forms, such as the California thrasher (T. redivivum), with sicklelike bills.

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