National Geographic : 1936 Apr
SOME SONGSTERS AND FLYERS OF WIDE REPUTE © National Geographic Society PLUMAGE OF WESTERN THRASHERS IS PALE. AS IF FADED BY HOT SUNS Dwellers of valleys and deserts, these sweet-voiced birds live close to the ground. In fact, Leconte's thrasher (lower right) trusts as much to its strong, long legs as to its wings to escape danger. It can easily keep ahead of a trotting horse. The under-tail coverts, or crissal region, conspicuous with a daub of chestnut, gave the crissal thrasher (lower left) its name. Shy Bendire's, singing above, builds its nest in brush or cactus. The California thrasher (upper right) is an expert at probing in the earth with its long, curved bill to capture insects.