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canyon towhee

  1. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    This is an adult feeding a fledgling. Note the light buff (not rusty brown) throat and malar. Formerly treated as a race of "Brown Towhee" which was split into California Towhee and Canyon Towhee in 1989. There is no overlap in range between these two similar species. Formerly included with the...
  2. Canyon Towhee (juvenile).jpg

    Canyon Towhee (juvenile).jpg

    Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca texanus) juvenile.
  3. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    Note the light buff (not rusty brown) throat and malar. Formerly treated as a race of "Brown Towhee" which was split into California Towhee and Canyon Towhee in 1989. There is no overlap in range between these two similar species. Formerly included with the typical towhees in the genus "Pipilo"...
  4. Canyon Towhee 2.JPG

    Canyon Towhee 2.JPG

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    Canyon Towhee

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    Canyon Towhee

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    Canyon Towhee

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    Canyon Towhee

  9. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    I want a drink!
  10. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

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    Canyon Towhee

  12. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

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    canyon towhee

    taken at Davis Mountains, West Texas
  14. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    My lifer Canyon Towhee, seen at the Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  15. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    Quick post between spurts of data coding. Will catch up on browsing later. This was my last lifer of the New Mexico trip. A common and plain bird that used to be considered just a color variant of the California Towhee, but has now been split off into a species of its own. This one popped up...
  16. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    This is the only time I have photographed this bird with its crown raised.
  17. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    My first Canyon Towhee (lifer #473), seen on a juniper in the parking lot as soon as my mom and I exited the car at the Randall Davey Audubon Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  18. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

  19. Blue-gray Gnatcather

    Blue-gray Gnatcather

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) This Gnatcatcher was making life miserable for this Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca). I figured the Gnatcatcher and Towhee both had nests in the vicinity and that the Towhees home range overlapped with the Gnatcatchers territory. Photographed in the...
  20. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca subsp. texanus) Sexes similar. Photographed in an urban setting with the surrounding area being over grazed desert grassland of the Chihuahuan Desert with scattered cacti and desert shrubs at ca. 1,239 m (4,060 ft) elevation. Marathon, Brewster County, Texas, USA.
  21. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

  22. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

  23. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee formerly known as the Brown Towhee (Melozone fusca texanus) Twelve subspecies have been described while two are consistently placed in synonym leaving ten recognized subspecies. Two of these are mapped for Texas. Subspecies texanus is mapped for Central and Southwest Texas while...
  24. Brown on Brown

    Brown on Brown

    One of the problems with living in the desert is the lack of green grass. We keep our grass to a very small area due to the lack of water. The Canyon Towhee is our most prolific resident towhee (we also get Green-tailed and Abert's). Towhees tend to stick low to the ground, so he never really...
  25. Canyon Towhee

    Canyon Towhee

    Large sparrow with gray-brown upperparts, pale gray underparts, a large central breast spot, and white belly patch. Crown is rust-brown. Tail is long with brown undertail coverts. Sexes are similar.
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