At about 12 inches (30 cm) and nearly 85 grams , the California Thrasher is the largest species of its family. It is greyish - brown, overall with reddish brown underparts and undertail . It has a dark cheek pattern and eye-line, and unlike most thrashers, has dark eyes. The bird is long tailed. California Towhee is similarly colored, but is smaller and has short, thick bill. Like most thrashers, it rarely flies in the open, preferring to keep hidden in dense brush.

Habitat and Distribution

It is found primarily in chaparral habitat in California and Baja California.


The California Thrasher eats insects and small invertebrates.


Nests in shrubs. The female lays between one and six pale blue eggs that have dark spots.