- Toxostoma crissale
11.5 ins (29 cm)
- Dark grey brown above
- Grey below
- White throat
- Dark moustachial stripe
- Red undertail
- Rust coloured belly and undertail coverts
- Long dark tail
- Yellow iris
- Long, down-curved bill
- Dark legs
- Sexes similar
- T. c. coloradense:
- T. c. crissale:
- T. c. trinitatis:
- Northern Baja California (Valle de La Trinidad)
- T. c. dumosum:
- Northern Mexico (Zacatecas, southern Coahuila, San Luis Potos¡ and Hidalgo)
An additional subspecies dorsale is generally considered invalid.
Riparian thickets and desert areas.
The diet includes insects, spiders, seeds, and berries.
It builds its nest from twigs, lined with plant material, close to the branch. The 1-4 unspotted bluish-green, eggs are incubated by both parents for 14 days.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Crissal Thrasher. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 2 December 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Crissal_Thrasher