Look Down Low to Spot an Eastern Towhee
When you’re watching for this songbird, look out below. The Eastern towhee spends most of its time on the ground, whether it’s foraging or nesting.
How to Identify Male and Female Eastern Towhees
Scientific Name: Pipilo erythrophthalmus.
Length: 8 inches.
Wingspan: 10-1/2 inches
Distinctive Markings: Male has a black head, back and tail with white belly, orange-red sides and red or white eyes. The female’s coloring has a browner cast.
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Nest and Eggs
The female builds a nest of plant materials and cardboard near or on the ground. She lays two to six gray eggs speckled with brown.
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What Do Eastern Towhees Eat?
Courtesy Laura Frazier
This bird’s diet consists of insects, spiders, seeds, berries; plus sometimes small salamanders or snakes. In the backyard, they may eat oats or flaxseed scattered on the ground, as well as suet.
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Eastern Towhee Call
Courtesy Michele Lam
Listen to the eastern towhee’s song. Their voice is musical with a slow song, “drink your teeeeee.”
Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
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Eastern Towhee Range and Habitat
Look for these birds in old pastures, woodland edges and brushy backyards.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.
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