The Curved Billed Thrasher Sings to Me…

by | Jan 9, 2023

The singing Curved Billed Thrasher


“Strong legs and a long, decurved bill give Curve-billed Thrashers the perfect tools for hunting insects in the punishing deserts, canyons, and brushlands that are its home.

That long bill also keeps long-legged insect prey at a safe distance and comes in handy for foraging and nesting among spiny plants, especially cacti. This species is so typical of the deserts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico that its whistled whit-wheet call is often the first vocalization that visiting bird watchers learn.”

Birds singing with joy…

It is the song of my neighbor, Terry the Curved-billed Thrasher, that gives me great joy each day. I can hear him close up or far away.

You can listen right now by clicking the video clip above. Terry’s tunes mean it’s another good day, at least in my mind.

Many birds visit our backyard. They are attracted to water in the bird bath, and the trees where insects are plenty.

You can see in the video clip that it is difficult to see Terry in his hiding spot. He seems to sing louder when there is an audience to cheer him on.


Observing and learning about the diversity of birds in the Sonora is truly a mindfulness past time for me. I can sit quietly for the longest time and just listen to the music of a variety of birds singing together in harmony.

Birds do sing in harmony.

Take time for yourself on a walk in the park or sitting in your backyard. Look and listen quietly. Take your mind far away from the stresses we all experience each day.

Try singing quietly in harmony with the birds in your backyard, in a park, or on a hike. Be mindful of the beauty of each day, apart from all the distractions. Make it a good day.

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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