Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre palmeri) - 17 August 2011. San Pedro House, Sierra Vista, Cochise County, Arizona.

This species is common in arid areas, but adapts well to residential habitats. It is usually less shy than other thrashers of the desert southwest. This individual is singing. Like most thrashers, it appropriates songs of other species in addition to singing a few strains that are unique.

Two subspecies are recognized. This is the western subspecies T. c. palmeri. The nominate race occurs in Texas and Eastern Mexico. It has more white in the wing and tail and a courser breast pattern. This messy looking individual is heavily worn and appears to be molting body feathers.

Digiscoped with Panasonic DMC-LZ5 | Nikon FieldScope III | 30XWA | hand-held (no adapter)
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