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Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus


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 which is in the Coastal Sage/Scrub and Chaparral biomes.

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

It does look like something is growing or hanging on below his beak, Cindy. The red spot shouldn't be there.

:) Does it look like it has growths or parasites around its beak?

Hema 8 years ago

Thanks for the link Ava.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Thanks Maria dB, williefromwi, CindyBinghamKeiser, and Emma; I'm always surprised when pictures come out better than i thought they would. Also see Cindy's pictures and video of the same bird:

Hema 8 years ago


Great shots, Ava!

williefromwi 8 years ago

Nice spotting. Personally I would move the third photo to your lead photo, as I believe it to be the best of the bunch at showing off the bird for others to use for id purposes.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

nice series!

Ava T-B
Spotted by
Ava T-B

California, USA

Spotted on May 19, 2012
Submitted on Jun 2, 2012

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