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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Toxostoma bendirei
HABITAT: Semi-open desert, dry grasslands and shrub; open woodland with scattered shrubs and trees.
The subtly colored Bendire’s Thrasher was not recognized as a species until 1872, when U.S. Army Lieutenant Charles Bendire collected a bird he didn’t recognize during a desert hike.
The arid Sonoran Desert region is home to most Bendire’s Thrashers. The species occupies year-round habitat in the extreme southwestern U.S. and Mexico, although some of the birds fly a short distance north to breed.