Bird of the week: Rufous Sided Spotted Towhee

Rufous Sided Spotted Towhee

(early spring visitor)

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Spotted Towhee
Pipilo maculatus
Size and Shape: A large sparrow with a thick, pointed bill, short neck, chunky body, and long, rounded tail.
About a third again bigger than a Song Sparrow and twice as heavy. Smaller than a robin.
Both Sexes
Length: 6.7-8.3 in
Weight: 1.2-1.7 oz
Wingspan: 11.0 in
Color Pattern: Male Spotted Towhees have jet-black upperparts and throat; their wings and back are spotted bright white. The flanks are warm rufous and the belly is white. Females have the same pattern but are grayish brown where males are black. In flight, look for white corners to the black tail.
Learn more about this bird: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Link to Birds Page