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Field Guide for all the Birds of North America




Information, images and range maps on over 1,000 birds of North America, including sub-species, vagrants, introduced birds and possibilities

There are six types of towhees that are native to North America. Of these, the Eastern Towhee was once known as the Rufus-sided Towhee. This towhee lives in the eastern regions of the USA and the southeastern regions of Canada. towhees Of the remaining five species, the Spotted Towhee has the largest range and then there are the Green-tailed Towhee, California Towhee, Canyon Towhee and the Abert's Towhee, who all live along or near the southern borders of the USA.

The towhees are shy ground feeding birds who spend their time hiding in the undergrowths and tangles of bushes. Their behavior is quite similar to sparrows and they make every effort possible to remain hidden and this by avoiding open areas.

Click on the bird images or names to see pictures of the Towhees seen in North America

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

Classic Collection of North American Birds