Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
STATUS: Locally common.
HABITAT: Inhabits open desert habitats, especially areas with tall vegetation, cholla cactus, creosote bush, and yucca. May also inhabit pinyon-juniper-sage communities, but tends to avoid large areas of continuous, dense brushy cover and grasslands.
SPECIAL HABITAT REQUIREMENTS: Desert communities.
NEST: Builds a compact nest in almost any of the shrubby vegetation found within its habitat, usually 3 to 10 feet above the ground.
FOOD: Spends much of its time on the ground searching and digging for food. Probably has food habits similar to those of other thrashers.
REFERENCES: Bent 1948, Phillips et al. 1964, Terres 1980, Terrill in Farrand 1983c.