Description of the Canyon Towhee
The Canyon Towhee is a chunky, grayish-brown towhee with orange undertail coverts and a buffy throat. Its breast has a necklace of spots that often form a larger central spot.
Seasonal change in appearance
Similar to adults.
Desert foothills, canyons, woodlands, and brushy areas.
Primarily seeds and insects.
Canyon Towhees forage on the ground, often scratching with both feet simultaneously in typical towhee fashion. They frequently forage under things, such as bushes or vehicles.
Canyon Towhees are found in the southwestern U.S. and in Mexico. The population has declined in recent decades
Bent Life History
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The Canyon Towhee used to be lumped with California Towhee as a single species called the Brown Towhee.
Canyon Towhees are very sedentary, and seldom move far from where they hatched.
The song is a slow trill of whistled notes. The call is a loud "chedup".