Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Noisy, rummaging, colorful large sparrow.  Common in the Eastern US; prefers thick underbrush in forest edges, scrubby areas and thickets.  Oversized sparrow with striking black or brown upperparts with orange and white underparts; white tail corners flash in flight.  Often heard more than seen; may perch up to sing their “Drink-your-tea” song.  Noisily hops and scratches through leaf litter for insects and seeds.  Usually a ground nester, with the nest cup sunk into leaf litter.   Lifespan up to 12 years.  Population ~ 28 million and declining.

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January 22, 2015