Green-tailed Towhee

Pipilo chlorurus
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Length: 7 in. (18 cm )
A denizen of thick shrubby undergrowth, the Green-tailed Towhee is most noticeable when it is noisily scratching in dry leaf litter with both feet to expose insects and seeds on the ground underneath. Its song is highly variable as it incorporates portions of other bird species singing nearby. Breeding higher in the mountains than where it winters, the nest is hidden at the base of a bush and is large with grass, twigs and stems the main construction materials.

The four-digit banding code is GTTO.



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Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Green-tailed Towhee
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: March 22, 2018
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