Species in Focus: Eastern Towhee

Spring is right around the corner — in some places in the Northeast it has arrived. Warmer weather means more time spent outdoors, and for many a renewed interest in birdwatching/birding. The species in focus this week is the Eastern Towhee.

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Eastern Towhee. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Eastern Towhees are year round residents in many parts of the northeast. These new world sparrows are typical heard before they are seen (if at all). They take cover and forage in shrubs, bushes, dense grasslands, and thick forest understory.

Male Eastern Towhee. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

The males are black with a bright rust colored chest and white under parts. Their eyes are bright red. Females have a similar color pattern but are brown where the males are black. Because Eastern Towhees are typically heard rather than seen it is worth the time to learn their songs.

Female Eastern Towhee. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

Both parents care for their young and have two broods per year. Clutch sizes range from 3-5 eggs.

Have a listen here.

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