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Eastern Towhee Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Conical bill
- Red eye (white in southeastern birds)
- Rusty sides
- White belly
- Buffy undertail coverts
- White primary bases and tertial edges
- Long tail with white outer tail feathers
- Male has black head, back, wings and tail-brown in
  female
- Juvenile (Summer) heavily streaked, brown above and
  buffy below
- Frequently feeds on the ground where it noisily
  scratches for food
- Formerly conspecific with Spotted Towhee

Similar species
The Eastern Towhee is similar to the Spotted Towhee but lacks wing bars and white spots on the back.
 
 
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