Bird sightings: Green-tailed towhee

Courtesy Dave Allison

This bird sports a red cap on the top of its head with white lores and a white bib under the bill that is bordered by a black and white stripe. The breast is gray and the flanks buffy. The face is gray and the upper parts are an olive green. The wings and tail are edged in yellow-olive.

The green-tailed towhee is a ground bird feeder that forages by using a double scratch with its feet. It eats seeds, fruit and insects and their larvae. This towhee is easily overlooked in the underbrush.

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