Eastern Towhee, Rufous-sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Genus: Pipilo
Species: erythrophthalmus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Buford, Georgia
Cornelia, Georgia
Lilburn, Georgia
Lula, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Coatesville, Indiana
Patriot, Indiana
Crab Orchard, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Irvine, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Clinton, Maryland
Poolesville, Maryland
Hubbardston, Massachusetts
Conway, Missouri
Salem, Missouri
Beachwood, New Jersey
Cary, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
West Kingston, Rhode Island
Clarksville, Tennessee
Morristown, Tennessee
Sevierville, Tennessee
Summertown, Tennessee
Norfolk, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On May 8, 2010, hummingbird14 from Hubbardston, MA wrote:

Just this week I spotted a male and a female Eastern Towhee. They sing the most beautiful song esp. first thing in the morning. They are definitely a welcome addition to my yard here in Massachusetts.


On Apr 12, 2010, WineofLife from Salem, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

This Bird has Driven me Crazy since we first moved to this area. I could hear its call but could never get a glimpse of it. VERY Frustrating! It would hide in the leaves of the Oak trees around our house! I finally saw it perched on my feeder wire strung between two oak trees! Then I had to look it up in my Bird Book. Haven't heard it yet this year!


On Mar 28, 2010, earthwitch from Crab Orchard, KY wrote:

I look forward to the Towee visiting my feeding station each day during the spring and summer. They are both beatiful and peaceful, I have never seen them cause any trouble with the other birds and I have several hundreds at my feeders. They mostly scratch around on the ground for insects and lost seed. They use both legs to scratch with, almost looks like they are jumping backwards.


On Feb 22, 2010, REBLOOMER from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This bird comes around to eat the seed that lands on my deck, mostly when it's cold and if we have had some snow like this year in NC. I have seen and heard it in the spring and summer also. The first time I saw one, I thought it was a strange looking robin with the red along the sides and a dark beak.


On Mar 16, 2009, leopoldconnecti from Lexington, KY wrote:

Seen in Lexington KY yard for the past two weeks on the ground below black oil sunflower feeder and in shrubs. Beautiful and peaceful birds.