CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: The California Towhee forages on seeds, insects, and some fruits, particularly on open ground near brushy cover. It nests in the lower branches of shrubs and trees above ground. It creates nests of twigs, grasses, and flowers. It breeds in early April to early August. It tends to move into areas after logging, farming, and urbanization activities.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in coastal and dune scrub areas, lawns, and areas with oak, willow, eucalyptus, blackberry, and toyon trees.
Frequency: This species is common all year.
Identifying Characteristics: The California Towhee has a dull gray-brown color with a longish tail. The tail coverts underside is a pale rusty color. It has a striped, yellowish throat.
Did You Know?
Thirteen plants found at the Presidio have been designated as rare, threatened, or endangered by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and/or the California Native Plant Society.