Le Conte's Thrasher (Toxostoma lecontei) - HBW 10, p. 494
French: Moqueur de Le Conte
Spanish: Cuitlacoche Pálido
Taxonomy: Toxostoma Le Contei Lawrence, 1851, Fort Yuma, Arizona, USA.
Closely related to T. redivivum and T. crissale, and possibly part of same superspecies. Has been suggested that race arenicola is a separate species. Proposed race macmillanorum (San Joaquin Valley, in California) exhibits only minor plumage differences (e.g. crown darker, flanks lighter) from similarly sized nominate; considered better merged with latter. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- lecontei Lawrence, 1851 - SW USA (SC & SE California E to SW Utah and SC Arizona), S to NW Mexico (NE Baja California, NW Sonora).
- arenicola (Anthony, 1897) - W coast of C Baja California.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
Several views of an adult perched atop salt bushes and singing on territory. Locality Kern County, California, USA (United States) (ssp macmillanorum)
Don DesJardin 2 February 2010 3 years ago 54 sec 4.6
A frontal view of an adult perched atop a salt bush singing on territory. Locality Kern County, California, USA (United States) (ssp macmillanorum)
Don DesJardin 2 February 2010 3 years ago 46 sec 4.3