Brown Thrasher — Toxostoma rufum

Order Passeriformes
Family Mimidae
Genus Toxostoma
Species Toxostoma rufum
This species breeds throughout the eastern United States. It is a fairly large bird - about 11 ½ inches long. It is bright rufous above and heavily streaked below. It has two white wing bars, a curved bill and a yellow eye. The Brown Thrasher is often seen skulking in the brush or thickets. It is an early migrant, arriving in Virginia in mid April.
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher near the rose garden. © David L. Walton , August 2013

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