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Sage Thrashers, the smallest of the thrashers, have pale yellow eyes, gray back, streaked breast, wing bars and white tail corners.

References cited in Species Profile

  • Alcorn, J. R. 1988. The birds of Nevada. Fairview West Publ. Fallon, NV.
  • Blood, D. A. 1995. Wildlife in British Columbia at risk: Sage Thrasher. Province of British Columbia Ministry of Environ., Lands and Parks, Victoria.
  • Buseck, R. S., D. A. Keinath and M. H. McGee. 2004. Species Assessment for Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) in Wyoming. United States Bureau of Land Management. http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/wy/wildlife/animal-assessmnts.Par.91172.File.dat/SageThrasher.pdf
  • Campbell, R. W., N. K. Dawe, I. McTaggart-Cowan, J. M. Cooper, and G. W. Kaiser. 1997.The birds of British Columbia, Vol. 3-Passerines: flycatchers through vireos. R. Br. Columbia Mus. Victoria.
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 2015. Sage Thrasher. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/sage_thrasher/id
  • Dillon, M. B. 1998. Sage Thrasher. Pages 402-403 in Colorado breeding bird atlas. (Kingery, H. E., Ed.) Colorado Bird Atlas Partnership and Colorado Div. Wildl. Denver.
  • Gilligan, J., M. Smith, D. Rogers, and A. Contreras. 1994. Birds of Oregon: status and distribution. Cinclus Publ. McMinnville, OR.
  • Great Basin Bird Observatory. 2015. Sage Thrasher. http://www.gbbo.org/pdf/bcp/64_Sage%20Thrasher.pdf
  • Partners in Flight. 2012. Species assessment database.
  • Peterson, R.T. 2010. Sage Thrasher. Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. New York.
  • Reynolds, T. D., T. D. Rich, and D. A. Stephens. 1999. Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus). In The Birds of North America Online, No. 463 (A. Poole, Ed.). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.
  • Smith, M. R., P. W. Mattocks, Jr., and K. M. Cassidy. 1997. Breeding birds of Washington state. in Washington State Gap Analysis Final Report. Vol. 4 (Cassidy, K. M., C. E. Grue, M. R. Smith, and K. M. Dvornich, Eds.) Seattle Audubon Soc. Publ. in Zool. no. 1, Seattle, WA.
  • Stephens, D. A. and S. H. Sturts. 1997. Idaho bird distribution. Idaho Mus. Nat. Hist., Pocatello and Idaho Dep. Fish Game, Boise.
  • USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 2012. North American Breeding Bird Survey 1966-2010 analysis.
  • USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 2013. Longevity records of North American Birds.
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 2010. Wyoming State Wildlife Action Plan -- Sage Thrasher. https://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/Departments/Wildlife/pdfs/SWAP_SAGETHRASHER0000456.pdf

Scientific Name

Oreoscoptes montanus
Common Name
Sage Thrasher
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