California Towhee

Towhees, Sparrows, Juncos, and Longspurs

California Towhee

Melozone crissalis

All Year

Towhees, Sparrows, Juncos, and Longspurs

California Towhee

Daniel Fitzgerald

California Towhee

Found in brushy areas, riparian thickets, and in chaparral habitats.

This brownish bird has rufous undertail coverts (compare with California Thrasher), grayish-buff underparts, and a necklace of brown marks on throat.

Bulky, cup-shaped nest is built using twigs, grasses, and plant stems. California Towhees nest in shrubs or trees. Diet is mostly seeds, fruit, or other plant matter; some insects, spiders, and mollusks are also taken.

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