What Wikipedia calls the “default desert bird”

If you have never heard of Curve-Billed Thrashers, you probably don’t live in or near a desert. But if you google “default desert bird” you’ll see a lot of text etc. devoted to Thrashers.  Unfortunately, the phrase “default desert bird,” with or without proper attribution is a misquote.

At least Wikipedia rightly cites Dunne as the source. But Dunne does NOT call the Curve-Billed Thrasher the “default desert BIRD” but rather, “default desert THRASHER,” i.e. “the most common thrasher”in the desert (US Southwest).

Dunne, Pete
2006  Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion: A Comprehensive Resource for Identifying North American Birds: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Page 512.

At any rate, enjoy these photos of the Curve-Billed Thrasher, all taken at the Arizona Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

Quite the pose for the camera. Photo taken at the Arizona Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
Quite the pose for the camera

Quite the pose for the camera.

If you think this yellow eye is good, wait for the final picture, below. (This too was taken at the Arizona Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.)
If you think this yellow eye is good, wait for the final picture, below.
Now the yellow eye is looking right at us. (Desert Botanical Garden.)
Now the yellow eye is looking right at us.

For a series of Thrasher photos featuring an apparently menacing stance by one jealously guarding a green berry and other shots taken at the Arizona Desert Botanical Garden, click here.

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