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Weird Towhees

1 month ago   |   By 10,000 Birds

Towhees are large, ground-hugging sparrows that occur only in North America. They belong to either the Pipilo or Melozone genera, or perhaps both, as their taxonomy is still a point of contention. (Just to complicate things more, four members of the Melozone genus are called Ground-Sparrows rather than Towhees .)
Down here in central Mexico, the Canyon Towhee is a constant presence in open areas, including in my garden and around our church. The Spotted Towhee is a regular in pine-oak and pine forests. I feel very lucky if I see a migratory Green-tailed Towhee or two each winter, always...
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