This bird is a newcomer to my garden in Florida.
The Brown Thrasher is actually a secretive bird and seldom seen as it forages on the forest floor. But it can be lured to a feeder or at least to the ground below a feeder with birdseed. It was difficult to capture on camera as it darted quickly here and there, picking up seed.
Its song is pretty and it copies other bird songs much as the mockingbird does. In fact they can carry a repertoire of 1,100 different songs.
Both male and female tend the nest of eggs and once the birds hatch, it only takes nine days for them to be fully feathered and off on their own, which is much faster than most other birds.
For food, they eat mostly insects as well as fruits, seeds and nuts. Because their diet also consists of harmful insects, they are a welcome visitor to the backyard and garden.