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California Towhee

Melozone Crissalis


Dull brown overall with light rust undertail coverts and buff or rust colored streaks at the throat. There is little sexual dimorphism. It is around 20–25 cm in length, and has a noticeably long tail.


This bird's natural habitat is brush or chaparral, but it adapts well to urban parks and gardens. Nests are typically found in low branches or shrubs about .5 to nearly 4 meters (2 to 12 feet) above ground. The nest is a bulky cup made of twigs, stems, grasses, and hair. The California Towhee feeds on the ground or in low scrub where it prefers a variety of seeds and some insects.


All information from Wikipedia. This bird was spotted at Hilltop Park in Signal Hill, a neighborhood of Long Beach, CA. It was resting in full view at about 6 feet off the ground, and was calling. It was only the simple, repeating call that allowed me to spot it. The bird's coloration provided natural camouflage.

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Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

nice pic.

catgrin 9 years ago

Thanks Ryan!

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Long Beach, California, USA

Spotted on Jul 17, 2012
Submitted on Jul 17, 2012


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