Friday, December 29, 2017

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) - 30Mar2016 & 26Mar2018

Update:  Here is one from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Western CO.

Original post:

This is one I will obviously need to improve on.  Per the Cornell website: "The Spotted Towhee is a large, striking sparrow of sun-baked thickets of the West. When you catch sight of one, they’re gleaming black above (females are grayish), spotted and striped with brilliant white. Their warm rufous flanks match the dry leaves they spend their time hopping around in. The birds can be hard to see in the leaf litter, so your best chance for an unobstructed look at this handsome bird may be in the spring, when males climb into the shrub tops to sing their buzzy songs."

It was not quite spring which is why this one would not come completely out into the open.  Taken in Tecolote Canyon, San Diego, CA.

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