CBTs are aptly named. Their bills are definitely curved and they really do thrash about on the ground
They flip over small rocks, scatter leaf litter, toss sticks out of the way, even pound their bills into the dirt like jack hammers — all in search of food. Insects, spiders, seeds and fruits are fair game and few escape the sharp eyes and even sharper beaks.
One morning early this spring I heard the most beautiful music in a thick patch of desert brush. I discovered the sweet melody coming from a curve-billed thrasher. Quite at odds with the feeding frenzies I’ve witnessed. 🙂
Curve-billed thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
Saguaro Carnegiea gigantea
Ironwood Olneya tesota