California Thrasher

Toxostoma redivivum

Not to be mistaken by the similarly-brown (but slightly smaller) California towhee, this bird is most easily recognized by its, long curved beak, and long perky tail. They are most often seen or heard in the chaparral or oak woodland along the northwestern portion of the campus trail.

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Their song is not unlike the mockingbird's, in that it is repetitive and often contains elements of the songs of others.  But whereas mockingbirds may repeat a phrase over and over multiple times, thrashers generally only repeat each phrase once.  They also have a high-pitched squeak of a call.

Video Credit: Henry Zylstra Trail Cam

Audio Credit: Henry Zylstra