Spotted Towhee

A bird with a black head with an orange eye, white body, orange on the sides, black tail and black and white wings. The bird is standing on the ground looking to the right.

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Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

Length 7” Wingspan 13.5”
Short blunt tipped bill, small stocky body, short rounded wings, short tail, mostly blue with orange breast, seen in small groups searching for seeds and insects.

The very distinct growled Tow-HEE call of a Spotted Towhee can be heard in abundance all over the park along with the baby’s rattle (or plucked, taught rubber band) of a male’s song.


Last updated: August 18, 2020

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