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Sage Thrasher - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Merced, California, USA, 17 February 2021
Oreoscoptes montanus


Pale grey-brown upperparts and white underparts with dark streaks. Slim straight relatively short bill, yellow eyes and a long tail.


Western North America, from southern Canada to northern Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. Casual to Accidental vagrant in eastern United States and Canada.


This is a monotypic species in a monotypic genus.[1]


Shrubby areas with sage bushes.


4 or 5 eggs are laid in a twiggy cup nest built in a low bush. Both parents incubate and feed the young birds.

The diet includes insects and berries.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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