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(tō`hē, tōhē`, to͞o`hē), common name for a North American bird of the family Fringillidae (finchfinch,
common name for members of the Fringillidae, the largest family of birds (including over half the known species), found in most parts of the world except Australia.
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 family). Towhees are also called chewinks, for their call, and ground robins, because like robins they are ground feeders—often detected by the rustling noise they make searching through dry underbrush for insects. In the male red-eyed towhee, found E of the Great Plains and in parts of Canada, the upper parts are glossy black and the underparts white with patches of chestnut-brown on the sides. The white-eyed towhee is found in the South, and the inconspicuous brown and Abert's towhees in the West. The green-tailed towhee is a western mountain bird. The various species of towhees all belong to the genus Pipilo. Towhees are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Fringillidae.
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The results of studies of artificial nests and nesting success suggest western scrub-jays (Aphelocoma californica) are the most important predators of nests of California towhees (Purcell and Verner, 1998, 1999).
Ovenbirds and Eastern Towhees were more abundant within the unburned site compared to the burned site (Table 1).
137-154, in Life histories of North American cardinals, grosbeaks, buntings, towhees, finches, sparrows, and allies (O.
Robins and towhees time their migrations to coincide with the activities of earthworms and other invertebrates of the slowly warming soil and leaf litter, but hummingbirds must await the opening of the first flowers from which they feed.
Other birds you may see include towhees, quail, all the herons, snowy egrets and bald eagles.
Green-tailed Towhees nested high on slopes and chose nest sites with an abundance of locust and greater ground cover [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 4 OMITTED].
Finches" in the vineyard usually are House finches, Purple finches, Cassin's finches, Grosbeaks, Towhees, Sparrows, Horned Larks, Juncos, Eastern and Western Bluebirds, and Tanagers.
I have also picked up some birds that like thickets, such as cardinals, song sparrows, white fronted sparrows and towhees.
Department of Agriculture's Wetland Reserve Program, a feature of the 1990 Farm Bill that would give him a one-time payment of $400 per acre to preserve his waterway and shelter the cardinals, kingfishers, and towhees.
There's been the small of hobblebush blooming, the taste of a beech sapling's buds, the songs of indigo buntings and scarlet tanagers back from the tropics, of towhees and ovenbirds, kingbirds and orioles.
It also can be hard on ground-dwelling birds such as quail, thrashers, towhees and robins.
Life histories of North American cardinals, grosbeaks, buntings, towhees, finches, sparrows and allies: Order Passeriformes, Family Fringillidae--genera Pipilo (in part) through Spizella.