How to Attract Brown Thrasher

How to Attract Brown Thrasher

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: A relatively large, distinct-looking bird strongly associated with dense brush and shrubby habitat. The Brown Thrasher is a versatile eater, they will eat ground-dwelling insects (often found beneath dead leaves), wild nuts/seeds, and wild fruit. The Brown Thrasher may visit ground-style bird feeders (or bird feed sprinkled on the ground). Through the best way to attract this bird is simply to promote dense/brushy vegetation along the corners of your property.

Overview 

Identification:

  • Large-sized bird

  • Brown upperparts, white underparts with heavy black streaking, long legs, long tail, dark beak, yellow eyes

Habitat:

  • Dense Shrubs, Thickets, Brush

  • Edges of Overgrown Fields, Open Woodlands

Eating Habits:

  • Ground Dwelling Insects, often found while foraging beneath leaves.

  • Nuts, Seeds

  • Fruit, such as: Pokeberry, Elderberry

Nesting:

  • On or near the ground – often in thickets or low in tree

Top Ways to Attract Brown Thrasher

Dense Brush/Vegetation     Insect-Friendly Yard     Pokeweed     American Elderberry     Wild Blackberry

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Brown Thrasher

                           American Holly (Nesting)     American Elderberry (Fruit)     American Mountain Ash (Fruit)     Blackgum (Fruit)     Common Juniper (Fruit)                                    Eastern Red Cedar (Fruit)     Eastern White Pine (Seeds)     Flowering Dogwood (Fruit)     Hackberry (Fruit)     Hawthorn (Nesting, Fruit)    Oak (Acorn)                           Red Mulberry (Fruit)     Red-Twig Dogwood (Fruit)     Sassafras (Fruit)     Serviceberry (Fruit)     Wild Blackberry (Nesting, Fruit)        Wild Cherry (Fruit)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Brown Thrasher

Pokeweed (Fruit)      Virginia Creeper (Fruit)     Wild Blueberry (Fruit)     Wild Grape (Fruit)

Attracting Brown Thrasher with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Ground     Platform     Suet Cage

Feed:    Cracked Corn     Peanut     Suet     Sunflower Seed