April 19, 2017

Eastern towhee.

We more often hear the call than see the bird.
This one was in the front yard and I managed to open the door and get a few photos.

Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Eastern Towhees are common victims of the parasitic Brown-headed Cowbird. Female cowbirds lay eggs in towhee nests, then leave the birds to raise their cowbird young. In some areas cowbirds lay eggs in more than half of all towhee nests. Towhees, unlike some other birds, show no ability to recognize or remove the imposter’s eggs. Female cowbirds typically take out a towhee egg when laying their own, making the swap still harder to notice.

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