There are eight types of Thrashers in North America. The Brown Thrasher is the most common and can be found in most southern areas of Canada, except for British Columbia and found in the central portions and eastern regions of the United States through to Mexico. The Sage Thrasher is the only other thrasher that may be seen in the southern regions of Alberta and British Columbia. All the rest, including the Bendire's Thrasher, California Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Le Conte's Thrasher and Long-billed Thrasher live in the southern states and into Mexico itself.
Most often, Thrashers feed on the ground. Six of the species have glaring yellow eyes, where the California Thrasher and the Le Conte's Thrasher have dark coloured eyes. These shy long tailed and long billed birds are quite hardy, surviving among the under growths in a hot dry climate, sometimes being enticed into an opening around bird feeders.