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towhee

(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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Incoming birders were directed to Kate's side yard by a handwritten note on the front door, complete with a photo of the wayward towhee. Her busy feeding station offered plenty to see while waiting for the main attraction, including a handsome Carolina wren.
Figure 2 Temporary (Migrating) Bird Species Data Breeding Seeds Fruit Insects Species Season Y Y Y Eastern Towhee Summer Y Y Hermit Thrush Summer Y Y Ovenbird Summer Y Y Blue-throated Warbler Summer Y Common Yellowthroat Summer White-throated Doesn't Y Sparrow nest locally Ruby-crowned Kinglet Migrates Y Y Wood Thrush Summer Y Blackpoll Warbler Migrates N Y Y Chart of temporary bird species' breeding season and food needs by Jill Friedenberg (Kelly and Malloy 2014, p.
For instance, most nests found on the State Game Lands (SGL) 33 ROW in 1991-92 were those of early successional species, including field sparrow (Spizella pusilla), gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas), and indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea) (Bramble et al.
His dam, the US-bred Toowhit Towhee, was bought to race in Britain and was sold at Tattersalls after three unplaced efforts for John Gosden.
Wean's father, Tim Wean, and sister, Towhee Wean, are partners.
Some observers say that Canada geese coordinate honks or that towhee mates give simultaneous squeaks.
The towhee, perched on the tip of a bush, sings a song that someone decided sounded like, "Drink your tea!" The Carolina wren, hopping in and out of a tangle of brush, tips back his head and sings, "Tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle!"
The Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons, the Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostrae, the Bewick's Wren Tryomanes bewickii, the Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus, the Empidonax flycather, the Nasvhville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla, the Violet-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia violiceps and the Rufous Hummingbird Selasphoros rufus were commonest in Ipomoea/small-leaved forests (Table 3), while the Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris, the Canyon Towhee Pipilo fuscus, the Greenish Elaenia Myiopagis viridicata also common in small-leaved tree forest) were equally or more abundant in mixed woodlands (Table 3).
More than half of the bird species found in the USA have been sighted here, including rarities such as the grey hawk, tropical kingbird, green kingfisher and Albert's towhee. About 100 local species are joined by another 250 species from down south, which make up the four million migrating birds that use this avian highway each year.
on four functional groups based on habitat assemblages (shrubland, forest-edge, habitat generalist, and mature forest) and found that shrubland (e.g., yellow-breasted chat, common yellowthroat [Geothlypis trichas], eastern towhee [Pipilo erythrophthalmus], and indigo bunting) and mature-forest (e.g., pine warbler [Dendroica pinus], red-eyed vireo, wood thrush [Hylocichla mustelina], and hooded warbler [Wilsonia citrina]) assemblages were most commonly correlated with disturbance measures (canopy cover and tree basal area).
Among the many species named for their vocalizations are the boobook owl, chachalaca, chickadee, chiffchaff, chowchilla, curlew, dickcissel, hoopoe, kiskadee, pauraque, pipit, towhee, veery, whip-poor-will, willet, and wompoo pigeon.
A towhee, our neighbour says -- another has been trying to enter her house too.