Listen to the sound of Bendires Thrasher
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
|wingspan min.:||31||cm||wingspan max.:||35||cm|
|size min.:||23||cm||size max.:||25||cm|
|incubation min.:||12||days||incubation max.:||15||days|
|fledging min.:||14||days||fledging max.:||18||days|
n Sonoran desert with variety of shrubs and cholla cactus and with some understory of grass. Also found where dense hedges or shrubs are next to farmland and in grassland with scattered shrubs and yuccas.
Nest: Usually placed in dense low shrub, tree, or cactus, commonly in cholla, yucca, mesquite, acacia, desert hackberry, also in other low growth, usually 3-
10′ above the ground. Nest is typically a bit smaller, more compact, and made of finer materials than the nests of most thrashers; usually has outer layer of twigs, inner layer of soft material such as grass, rootlets, feathers, animal hair.
Eggs: Usually 3, sometimes 4, rarely 5. Whitish to pale gray-green, blotched with brown and buff. Incubation period and role of the parents in incubation are poorly known.
Young: Both parents bring food to the nestlings. Young leave nest about 12 days after hatching. 2 broods per year, perhaps rarely 3.
Feeds mainly on insects, especially ants, termites, beetles, antlions, grasshoppers, and others; also spiders. Also feeds on seeds of grasses and other plants, various berries, and cactus fruits, including those of giant saguaro.
Behavior: Forages mos
tly on the ground. Picks up insects from the surface, or uses its bill to scratch or dig slightly in the soil or to turn over rocks or other items. Has a small bill, and does not dig as effectively as most thrashers.
b Migration: Migratory in northern part of range, and even in southern Arizona is partly migratory, being numerous mostly from February to September.