singing from prominent perch (California, USA; 2010-05-29)

California Thrasher
Toxostoma redivivum

Native Range: North America

Notes: forages on ground in dense brush; coastal counterpart of interior Crissal Thrasher and LeConte's Thrasher, all of which have a long decurved bill; brown upperparts, buffy underparts, and rufous undertail coverts; song a long series of repeated low notes, sometimes doubled.

frontal view (California, USA; 2009-08-16) light throat; black moustache, dark facial patch California, USA; 2011-09-11)
decurved bill being put to good use (California, USA; 2006-05-13) also uses bill to dig for grubs in lawns (California, USA; 2011-05-29)
trying to manage three seeds at once (California, USA; 206-05-13) playing peek-a-boo (California, USA; 2009-09-07)
posing for portrait (California, USA; 2011-05-29)