Sage Thrasher

Oreoscoptes montanus

The Sage Thrasher was once called the Mountain Mockingbird. We find these birds in sage-shrub dominated habitats of the western United States. In Spring and Summer, the Great Basin is a good place to find these birds, but they also travel as far north as the Canadian border in eastern Washington and central Montana. Winters find them in the desert southwest of the USA and northern Mexico.

Thrashers earned their name by their foraging technique; they use their beaks to dig through soft soils under leaf litter to find their invertebrate prey.

Oil and mineral explorations, as well as overgrazing, threaten the sensitive habitat these birds require for survival. Likewise, conversion to agriculture threatens their habitat.

Science views Sage Thrashers as monotypic (no subspecies recognised).

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