Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus)

Sage Thrasher
Sage Thrasher - Shandon, CA
© Tom Benson
Sage Thrasher
Sage Thrasher - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson

The Sage Thrasher is a casual visitor to campus: one was seen 7 Feb 2016 in heavy winds outside the College of Education. It is an uncommon migrant and rare wintering bird in southern California, and is more common in the interior than on the immediate coast.

The Sage Thrasher has white underparts with dark streaks, pale gray-brown upperparts, and yellow eyes. They are superficially similar to juvenile Northern Mockingbirds, which is in the same family (Mimidae).


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