Eastern Towhee


(Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Easy to recognize song “drink your teeeeeeeee,” or sometimes just “teeeeeeeee.” Formerly called “Rufous-sided Towhee, but now two separate species – Eastern Towhee, and its western counterpart, Spotted Towhee.

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3 Responses to Eastern Towhee

  1. Henry Renn says:

    My wife saw a female Eastern Towhee at our feeder this afternoon. She identified using picture as found in Stan Tekiela’s Bird’s of Pennsylvania. Henry Renn, Lancaster County PA, West HempfieldTownship

  2. I have had a rufous-sided or Eastern towhee at my feeder yesterday and today[April 15 & 16] in a semi-rural area near Kingston, Ontario (Canada). I have never seen one here before and we have lived here for 37 years. Could the ice storm we had on Saturday have driven him to see out feeder–lack of food on the ground?

    • john says:

      Towhees habitually find their food by scratching in ground debris, but it is not unheard of for them to come to feeders, especially if harsh conditions such as you have described have made it difficult or impossible for them to find food on the ground. After all, they have to eat one way or another.

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