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Canyon Towhee? Chepultepec Park, Mexico City (1 Viewer)

GracieChun

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Photos are all the same bird. I thought it was a finch to begin with but now believe it could be a Canyon Towhee. Seen this morning, 21 Feb 2021, in Chapultepec Park II in Mexico City. If it is a Towhee first one I’ve seen!

Grateful for your thoughts as always.
 

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njlarsen

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I would search for photos of this one and Rufous-sided Towhee. Notice that both have geographical variation and that it therefore is important to search for photos from the right region.

Niels

Edit: I have the old Howell and Web book. It seems that what was meant by Rufous-sided Towhee was local form of spotted towhee which looks very different in the plate from the form I know from the US.
 
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GracieChun

Gracie
I would search for photos of this one and Rufous-sided Towhee. Notice that both have geographical variation and that it therefore is important to search for photos from the right region.

Niels

Edit: I have the old Howell and Web book. It seems that what was meant by Rufous-sided Towhee was local form of spotted towhee which looks very different in the plate from the form I know from the US.
The Rufous-sided Towhee, even in some of the variations has a much darker head than the bird I saw and the rufous on this sides is much more visible. The black dot on the breast is more visible in the attached photo, though the quality of the photo is not so great. Not sure it is the same bird but seen shortly after I took the photos above. From my Howell and Webb (2015) it would appear to be the Canyon Towhee, but I’m no expert. I’ll keep looking.
 

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pbjosh

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This is indeed a Canyon Towhee... thin more or less white eye ring, ruddy/rusty undertail, putty gray, Towhee/Sparrow bill...
 
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