The Spotted Towhee

posted in: Birds, British Columbia, Lens Friends | 23

The spotted towhee is a western bird and we were lucky to spot some on our last trip to British Columbia.

Towhees hop around moving leaves for find food.

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Above is the male towhee and below is the female (not the best photo)

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This over sized sparrow is usually a ground feeder but they will go to the feeders.

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When we first saw the towhee we were walking the Galloping Goose trail and it flew in front of us and landed in one of the trees.  Our first instinct was to say it was a robin as the flash of orange on its belly caught out eye.  But looking closer after it landed we realized it was a bit smaller than a robin and had different colours.  When we got back to the house we got out the BC bird guide for a correct identification.

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The towhee is known for scratching/digging in the leaves to find food and very often you hear the sound before spotting the bird.

The video was taken in our daughter’s back yard in late December 2017.  They were fun birds to watch.

They will forage on the ground for insects, bugs, seeds and berries.  We did toss out some grapes and they vanished in no time.

Here in Ontario we have the eastern towhee, very similar in looks but generally without the spots on the wings, but we have yet to spot any.


Have a look at some of the other BC birds we have spotted.

23 Responses

  1. Lorrie

    The towhees are such pretty birds, I think, and fun to watch. Glad you saw a goodly number of them.

  2. Margy

    Reminds me a lot of a Junco but with a lot more colour. – Margy

  3. Breathtaking

    Hello!:) A very pretty bird indeed. Thanks for the videos, they are fun to watch. I didn’t realize a Towhee is a sparrow until I saw your post.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      We have Eastern towhees here in our part of Canada but I haven’t seen any, perhaps I’m not looking in the right places. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Elaine

    Oh how wonderful nice captures . Such a pretty Bird . I spotted one here a year or two ago and also was able to get photos of it and add it to my new bird archives . I love having new birds pop by for a visit . Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

  5. Myrtle

    Thank you for sharing with us Linda. The birds are cute and interesting how they scratch to find food and also fly up to the feeders.Ienjoye the two little videos.

  6. Marie-OR

    Towhees are delightful birds and we’ve enjoyed seeing them at different times. You got some wonderful photos are video!

  7. Betty Crow

    The spotted towhee is a pretty bird. Loved watching the videos. Happy Wednesday!

  8. Eileen

    Wow, these are gorgeous Towhee photos and videos. They are both beautiful birds. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend!

  9. A ShutterBug Explores

    Wonderful and photos of our feathered friends ~ some unique to me but love them all!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Myrtle

    We don’t fly off Cuba until Feb 24th for 7 days. With all the very cold weather returning for well over a week, I will be ready to go!
    Have a good weekend.

  11. Kea

    Beautiful birds — what a joy to see them first hand. I’ve never ever heard of a towhee, let alone seen an eastern one (that I’m aware of).

  12. Lavender Dreamer

    What great photos! This is a bird we have here but rarely see. The videos are nice to do too. We need to do that more often! Hugs!

  13. Judy Biggerstaff

    Beautiful shots of the spotted towhee. I just photographed towhees for the first time a week or so ago. Love seeing your pics!

  14. Hootin' anni

    As soon as I read ‘spotted towhee’ link I knew I was gonna be in for a treat!! Exceptional photos!

    Again, thanks so very much for sharing all of the feathered nature with us birders at I’d Rather B Birdin’ this weekend.

  15. Irma

    Beautiful series of photos of this beautiful bird.
    Best regards, Irma

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