Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Spotted Towhee

Male and female Spotted Towhees fed under our son’s feeders when we visited Olympia in early December 2018. These birds used to be known as Rufous-sided Towhees. But this species was split into Eastern Towhees in the East and Spotted Towhees in the West, despite occasional hybridization in the centrals Great Plains. The birds in Olympia are a Pacific Northwest race known by their relatively dark backs.

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