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I'm not seeing spots: Towhee issues

2 years ago   |   By 10,000 Birds

When you bird in Latin America, you quickly realize how America-centric English-language bird names are. Consider, for example, the Summer Tanager. This is an easy species for me to see in my region - any time BUT in summer. (Mexicans sometimes call it the Tangara Roja Migratoria, migratory red tanager.) The winter-only nature of migratory species can cause other name problems, such as with the Indigo Bunting. In the winter, when they visit us, these buntings are usually not indigo.
But the case of the Spotted Towhee is much more confusing, for its name problem is permanent here. This...
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