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Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus

Spotted Towhee
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 9 in. (22 cm)
Often found scratching noisily in leaf litter in dense shrubbery, chaparral and forest edges, the Spotted Towhee will sometimes come out in the open and sing from the top of an exposed bush. It eats seeds, grass stems and fallen fruits it finds on the soil surface. The nest is a depression in the ground under dense tangles. Cowbirds often use this towhee as a host for their eggs and young. The four-digit banding code is SPTO.

Chaparral
Chaparral

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Shrubs
Shrubs

Savanna
Savanna

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