Thrashers are shy birds of woodland
edges and thickets, usually rushing for cover at approach. However, they
can often been seen singing from a high, conspicuous perch at the start of the
breeding season. Like others of
the family Mimidae (the family including Mockingbirds), the Brown Thrasher will
occasionally mimic the songs of other birds.
Habitat: Forest edges and clearings, brushy fields, thickets,
residential shrubs and hedges.
Diet: Insects, crustaceans, lizards,
amphibians, earthworms, fruits and berries, nuts, and seeds.
Behavior: Does most of its foraging on the ground,
hopping about looking for food, or flipping over leaves and small stones in
search of insects. Will also feed in trees and shrubs, especially when
feeding on fruit and nuts.
Nesting: May through July
Song: Long series of distinct phrases, with each
given in groups of two or three.
Migration: Northern populations (including those
in South Dakota) move south in the fall. Most winter in the
southeastern United States.
Feeders: Will occasionally come for bread, fruits, or suet.
Similar Species: Wood Thrush, although size is much
Conservation Status: Has shown declines in some
areas, but is still generally common and widespread.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Brown Thasher"
Photo Information: June 12th, 2006 -- Beaver Creek
Nature Area near Brandon -- Terry Sohl
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