My favorite song bird. Brown Thrashers are mimics with extremely varied repertoires consisting of more than 1,100 song types. The male sings a loud, long series of doubled phrases with no definite beginning or end, described by some people as “plant a seed, plant a seed, bury it, bury it, cover it up, cover it up, let it grow, let it grow, pull it up, pull it up, eat it, eat it.”
✔ The brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) is a year-round resident of Arkansas. Related to the mockingbird, with similar habits. Nest of twigs lined with grasses is usually low, placed 2-7' above the ground in a dense shrub, vine tangle, or low tree, or sometimes on the ground under dense cover.