Family Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Least Concern

Grey Thrasher (Toxostoma cinereum)


French: Moqueur gris German: Grauspottdrossel Spanish: Cuitlacoche ceniciento

Harporhynchus cinereus


, 1860,

Cape San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. c. mearnsi (Anthony, 1895) – NW & C Baja California (S from c. 31° N and, in E, from 28.5° N), in NW Mexico.
  • T. c. cinereum (Xántus, 1860) – C & S Baja California, including islands off SE coast (San José, Cerralvo).
  • Descriptive notes

    24–26·5 cm; 59–70 g, male average 63·9 g, female average 54·4 g. Large, greyish thrasher with longish, decurved bill. Nominate race is ashy... read more


    Song, usually from elevated perch, long series of bold, varied notes and phrases, each repeated two... read more


    Desert scrub, commonly in taller, more diverse vegetation with emergent trees and columnar cacti;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet arthropods, cactus fruits (Opuntia, Pereskiopsis, Wilcoxia), likely also other fruits. Forages largely on... read more


    Mar–Apr in NW coastal area (race mearnsi); Mar to mid-Jul, with young from early Apr, in S Cape region (nominate).... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Relatively common in suitable habitat throughout range, including on two largest islands in S Sea of Cortés (San José, Cerralvo). Habitat clearance... read more

    Recommended citation

    Cody, M. (2019). Grey Thrasher (Toxostoma cinereum). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 March 2019).