Canyon Towhee

Scientific name: Pipilo fuscus

The inland cousin to the California Towhee, the Canyon Towhee is similar in appearance, and it too is adaptable to a wide variety of habitats. The two species were once considered to be the same species, and together they were known as the Brown Towhee. Canyon Towhees occur widely in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

Canyon Towhees are generally tolerant of other species in their territory, and have even been known to feed the young of other species such as Northern Cardinals and Curve-billed Thrashers. Canyon Towhees do maintain territories year-round, from which they exclude other Canyon Towhees.