Before we even left the parking lot at the Arizona-Sonora Museum, we saw yet another new bird; the Curve-billed Thrasher. We would end up seeing quite a few of these odd looking birds before we left for home, but the first one was really a thrill since I had always wanted to see one.
My husband, Tom, captured this guy about 10 miles east of Tucson, but you can find Curved-billed Thrashers throughout the Sonora Desert region. Interestingly, these thrashers are related to our Northern Mockingbirds - and I can see a definite familial resemblance!
This Curved-billed Thrasher was right in a city park in Tuscon. Pretty much wherever you find cholla cacti (including landscaped areas of the city) you will find a Curved-billed Thrasher or two.
As you can see, they are not a bit shy, and they have made themselves right at home among human populations.