BROWN TRASHER

BROWN TRASHER (Toxostoma rufum)

The Brown trasher is part of the mockingbird family, and as such has a vast repertoire of songs, probably the largest among birds of North America. Adults are around 30 cm (12 in.) long and almost half of this length is for the tail. They are predominantly medium brown with brown streaks on the breast, which is white. They are omnivorous. This bird is called ‘trasher’ due to its habit of removing leaf litter in search of insects, although other species also do this.

This bird is observed as ‘occasional’ on the island, i.e. only between one and nine times per decade. They make their nests in shrubs, including hawthorns. The brown trasher is also knows for attacking animals such as dogs, even human, if they get too close to the nest. In spite of this, the nest has many predators, such as the parasitic brown-headed cowbird (its main victim), and the catbird.

Brown Trasher close up - Sherwood, PEI - Apr. 4, 2017
Brown Trasher close up – Sherwood, PEI – Apr. 4, 2017 – Roberta Palmer
Brown Thrasher - Winsloe South, PEI - Apr. 30, 2017 - by Don Jardine
Brown Thrasher – Winsloe South, PEI – Apr. 30, 2017 – by Don Jardine

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