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The Spotted Towhee is a large New World sparrow. Adults have rufous sides, a white belly and a long dark tail with white edges. The eyes are red. They have white spots on their back and white wing bars. Males have a dark head, upper body and tail; these parts are brown or grey in the female. The western Spotted Towhee has white spots on its primary and secondary feathers.
This spotting was seen in the Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve http://www.sandiegoaudubon.org/anstine-n... which is in the Coastal Sage/Scrub and Chaparral biomes.