Friday, April 20, 2012

California Towhee

One of the most common birds in coastal California, found from Oregon to the tip of Baja California, California Towhees adapt to urbanization and are found in many yards and gardens. They can be hard to photograph, since they feed in low vegetation and brushlands. This individual posed for us at the Kate Sessions Park in San Diego.

The drab California Towhee has a colorful taxonomic history. They were once considered to be a race of the Brown Towhee, a common bird of much of our Southwest and Mexico. DNA technology demonstrated that the two populations are not closely related. Ornithologists now recognize two species, the California and Canyon towhees.

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