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Eastern Towhee

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About the Eastern Towhee

Also known as: Rufous-sided Towhee, Red-eyed Towhee, Towhee

The Eastern Towhee is a large species of sparrow that lives across eastern parts of North America. They breed across the northeast quadrant of the U.S. and into Canada; year-round they can be found in much of the southeast USA.

Male Eastern Towhees are striking with black heads, rufous sides, and white bellies. Female plumage follows a similar pattern, though they are duller overall.

Towhees feed by foraging for seeds or insects on the ground. They scratch at leaf litter by scooting backwards with both feet to reveal potential meals among the debris.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 24 July 2012
Scientific Name Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  • Passeriformes
  • Emberizidae
  • Pipilo
  • P. erythrophthalmus
Birdorable Family Sparrows
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6.8 to 8.2 inches
7.9 to 11 inches
1.1 to 1.8 ounces
Range North America United States (East)

International Names

  • 棕胁唧鹀 (Chinese)
  • pipilo rudooký (Czech)
  • Rødsidet Buskspurv (Danish)
  • Roodflanktowie (Dutch)
  • loistopipilo (Finnish)
  • Tohi à flancs roux (French)
  • Rotaugen-Rötelgrundammer (German)
  • Pipilo fianchirossi occhirossi (Italian)
  • ワキアカトウヒチョウ [wakiakatouhichou] (Japanese)
  • Rødsidetovi (Norwegian)
  • pipil rudoboczny (Polish)
  • Красноглазый тоухи (Russian)
  • Rascador nororiental (Spanish)
  • Brunsidig busksparv (Swedish)

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