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The distribution of Bendire's thrasher, Toxostoma bendirei, is normally limited to the deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Individuals generally breed north of the Mexican border in desert shrublands or grasslands, and then leave the northern-most portions of their breeding range for warmer southern locales. Bendire's thrasher is a rare summer resident in southern Utah, though there is a recent confirmed report of a breeding pair as far north as the Uinta Basin, in northeastern Utah.

Males engage in singing courtship displays, and monogamous pair bonds are formed. A cup-shaped nest of twigs and grasses is then typically constructed in a small tree, cactus, or thorny shrub. The average clutch contains three to five eggs. The young leave the nest about two weeks after hatching, and remain in family flocks for a period of time thereafter. Pairs typically have two broods each season.

Bendire's thrasher forages along the ground for insects, seeds, and berries.


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