Eastern Towhee

March 2, 2021 Of Interest

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee Sound

The Eastern Towhee’s Latin name is Pipilo erythrophthalmus. It is found all over North America, especially Eastern America. The Eastern Towhee’s preferred habitat is bushy areas, shrubs, forest edges, overgrown fields and woodlands, scrubby backyards or thickets.

Their breeding season starts in spring and ends in late summer. The female Eastern Towhee is browner than jet-black males. A juvenile Eastern Towhee is brownish and heavily streaked from hatching into their first tail. The Eastern Towhee migrates short distances South in the winter.

The population is declining in northern parts. The Eastern Towhee bird is found at CoalCreek Farm year round. Their diet consists of many insects, lizards, snakes, salamanders, seeds, acorns, berries, and fruits.

The oldest known Eastern Towhee was a male in South Carolina, who was at least 12 years, 3 months old.

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