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Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus


Towhees in Eastern Washington are more heavily spotted than their western counterparts, with larger spots and more white on their tails.


Spotted resting on a stump in a canyon full of Ponderosa pine near the Umtanum Creek. Spotted Towhees are found in shrubby habitats in forested lowlands throughout Washington. They often use shrubby thickets in residential areas, on clear-cuts, and around wetlands. In eastern Washington, they use edges and riparian areas near shrub-steppe.


Spotted Towhees are primarily seedeaters, although in the breeding season they eat and feed their young many insects and other arthropods.

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Washington, USA

Lat: 46.90, Long: -120.66

Spotted on May 12, 2018
Submitted on Nov 5, 2018


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