Oreoscoptes montanus

Sage Thrasher

FWS Focus


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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