January 20, 2014

A winter towhee.

A winter towhee. by ricmcarthur
A winter towhee., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
We don't normally have towhees in our area during winter but this one is wintering at the visitor centre at Rondeau Provincial Park.

They are a summer bird that breeds in southern Ontario and migrate to warmer areas in the winter.

Towhees eat many foods: seeds, fruits, insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and snails, as well as soft leaf and flower buds in spring. They also eat seeds and fruits, including ragweeds, smartweeds, grasses, acorns, blackberries, blueberries, wheat, corn, and oats.
Source-
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Pipilo erythrophthalmus

The oldest known Eastern Towhee was 12 years, 3 months old.

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