Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Identification: These fairly large birds, in comparison to siskins and juncos, are often heard first and seen second. On occasion they will eat small seeds on roadsides but are often fairly shy. They scratch on the ground like a sparrow will and often eat from the ground in a similar way. In my case they will shock me a bit by grouping up with small juncos defying the “birds of a feather will flock together” adage. The most common means of identifying is by the unusual red eye and the dark black head.
Information:
Bird Web’s page on Spotted Towhee’s
Cornell’s page on Spotted Towhee’s

spotted towhee

spotted towhee

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