Article and photos by Kathryn Mann
Brown Thrashers may be the world's best singers. If you ever hear one sing you will agree that its voice is beautiful, its song unforgettable, its phrasing impeccable, and its performance always memorable and enthusiastic.
Brown Thrasher on the lookout outside of Bartlesville
Brown Thrashers are almost a foot long. They are reddish brown and have a white belly with black streaks. They have a gray face with yellow eyes and legs. They have a very long tail that accounts for half of their length. Both males and females look the same. They weigh just over two ounces.
Brown Thrasher close-up
Brown Thrashers have lived as long as 11 years in the wild.
A Brown Trasher foraging near Pawhuska
Brown Thrashers make their nests in bushes, thickets, and shrubs.
Brown Thrasher perched in a cherry tree near my house
There is no better bird to have in your yard if you do not like snakes. They will make life miserable for almost any snake they see in their territory by getting very close to it and then spreading their wings until the snake leaves the area. If it does not leave they often kill the snake and eat it. Their primary diet is insects which they eat off the ground. They also love wild berries.
Brown Thrasher outside of Dewey, Oklahoma
Brown Thrashers are also known as the Brown Thrush.