Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Genus: Toxostoma
Species: rufum


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Austell, Georgia
Brunswick, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Mcdonough, Georgia
Waynesville, Georgia
Rock Falls, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Derby, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Cambridge, Maryland
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Remus, Michigan
Brunswick, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Galena, Missouri
Gerald, Missouri
Jackson, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Broadway, North Carolina
Cary, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Columbia, Tennessee
Cordova, Tennessee
Morristown, Tennessee
Baytown, Texas
Euless, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Broad Run, Virginia
Penhook, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Suffolk, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 4, 2022, guamgirl from Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Charlotte NC suburb, a young thrasher has been keeping us entertained this week with his singing talents. he sits high in the tree and sings almost all day. He must be young, his colors are lighter than usual. I almost thought it was a mockingbird which are also very common here in the spring, but the musical tones are different and this one has the yellow eyes and light brown feathers. I though he was confused, as I've only seen thrashers making a mess on the ground to the sidewalk. Good to see the mockingbirds getting some competition.


On Dec 19, 2016, PattyOelze from Galena, MO wrote:

We have these birds here in the Missouri Ozarks. They are really fun to watch. They will dig in the leaves and throw stuff with their feet and beak to find bugs. Most of the time, I see the leaves moving before I even know there is a bird there. LOL.
They do mimic a lot of different birds. In the summer, when I am out on the deck BBQing I am constantly hearing their music. It is really cool. Thanks for the awesome pictures.



On Sep 27, 2010, GaPeachy1 from Brunswick, GA wrote:

Georgias State Bird.

Very friendly bird, if you go near them every day they will let you get within a few feet of them.

I made friends with one in our front yard, by going out to it every day and talking to the bird. She let me close enough to her nest I have photos from the time she laid her eggs until the time the babys left the nest.

Well worth getting to *know* this bird.


On Aug 23, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I live in North Carolina, and had never seen these till i had moved here from upstate New York. these birds are silly looking tall lanky things and have a tremendous amount of character and personality all of their own. When i get up in the morning i look out my back window, and these silly things are way in the back yard combing under the tree line of the woods and bushes in the back for bugs and things. some times they get brave and hop about in the center of the yard among crows and robins and other birds they do not seem to play well always with others as they have an attitude, although not aggressive. just a neat bird. mike.


On Mar 2, 2010, ladybug_pc from Adairsville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

A pair of brown thrashers visit my flower garden every spring/summer. They do not like visiting bird feeders; they prefer to forage under the feeders, sifting through leaf litter and pinestraw in search of seeds and insects. They are a bit shy, but a patient person sitting on the patio will see them flinging leaves about in search of food. Though they are cousins of the mockingbird, they do not have the assertive personality. These birds have beautiful coloring and have striking golden eyes. Well worth the patience.


On Jun 25, 2009, gryfonclaw from tulsa, HI (Zone 3a) wrote:

The official state bird of Georgia, it is inexplicably the namesake of Atlanta's hockey team. Very pretty birds, though I don't see them that much in the Atlanta area. Oddly.


On Apr 30, 2009, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Unbelievably beautiful song from this bird. Look to the tops of the tallest trees when you hear it. I love the way this bird flings around leaves with its big, curved bill to find insects.


On Dec 28, 2008, nanny_56 from Putnam County, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

The Brown Thrasher nest here during breeding season. It is one of our favorites to watch during the summer. It is very well behaved and causes no problems at the feeders.


On Dec 27, 2008, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

The Brown Thrasher is a relative of the Mockingbird and like the Northern Mockingbird, the Brown Thrasher is found statewide in Florida where I live. Their diet consists of insects and wild fruits and they frequent the backyard feeders during the summer, seeming to enjoy the raisins and fruit bits I add to the seed.

The Brown Thrashers are skilled imitators like the Mockingbirds, just not as frequent, and their mimicry seems to be of a more musical tone.