Le Conte's thrasher

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Le Conte's Thrasher
Le Conte's Thrasher.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Genus: Toxostoma
Species: T. lecontei
Binomial name
Toxostoma lecontei
(Lawrence, 1851)

The Le Conte's Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei) is a pale bird found in the Southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It prefers to live in deserts with very little vegetation, where it blends in with the sandy soils. The palest of all thrashers, it grows to 28 cm (11 inches).

Le Conte's Thrasher is named for American entomologist John Lawrence LeConte.


  • The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, Western Region, pg. 522

Further reading[edit]


  • Sheppard, J. M. 1996. Le Conte’s Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei). In The Birds of North America, No. 230 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and The American Ornithologists’ Union, Washington, D.C.


  • Sheppard JM. M.A. (1973). AN INITIAL STUDY OF LE CONTE'S THRASHER (TOXOSTOMA LECONTEI). California State University, Long Beach, United States—California.


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  • Zink RM, Blackwell RC & Rojas-Soto O. (1997). Species limits in the Le Conte's thrasher. Condor. vol 99, no 1. pp. 132–138.
  • Zink RM, Dittmann DL, Klicka J & Blackwell-Rago RC. (1999). Evolutionary patterns of morphometrics, allozymes, and mitochondrial DNA in thrashers (genus Toxostoma). Auk. vol 116, no 4. pp. 1021–1038.
  • Zink RM, Kessen AE, Line TV & Blackwell-Rago RC. (2001). Comparative phylogeography of some aridland bird species. Condor. vol 103, no 1. pp. 1–10.