The darker the color, the more favorable the climate conditions are for survival. The outlined areas represent approximate current range for each season. More on reading these maps.
A low-density inhabitant of desert landscapes with sparse shrubs or trees, the Bendire’s Thrasher is secretive and little studied. Within its limited range, the bird accepts a variety of habitats: cholla and yucca shrublands, Joshua tree woodlands, and even open pinyon–juniper stands. Thus it is something of a mystery why the species isn’t more widely distributed. Audubon's climate model forecasts major expansions of suitable climate space in both summer and winter, but with some geographic discordance: future climate space in summer may spread into the southeastern interior, whereas peninsular Florida could provide suitable climate space in winter.