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Monday, February 4, 2013

Bird of the Month: California Thrasher

Monday, February 4, 2013

The California thrasher is found in the hills with coastal sage scrub habitat  that surround the city of Santee. The thrasher’s most distinctive characteristic is its curved bill.

At 12 inches long, it’s one of the larger songbirds you’ll find in Southern California.  The thrasher is the  Mozart of the bird kingdom. In addition to its musical call, the thrasher has the ability to mimic sounds similar to what  mockingbirds do.  
The thrasher's diet includes beetles, spiders and other bugs, so they are great for pest control.

They rarely fly in the open, preferring instead to remain hidden in dense brush.

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