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Towhee picture[edit]

The picture appended to this species is dated, and somewhat inaccurate. Anyone care to find an actual photo? Or should I just get my camera fixed and take it myself? Cheers! -- Miwa * talk * contribs ^_^ 20:49, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

While spying out plants (for a Page), and near dusk about 45 minutes prior, I did a quick stop, and U-turn. A towhee was coming in–and–out of the brush. Within 6 minutes, about 4 sightings, thru binocs, the first was the observation of the Quail eating in the brush (not observable except thru the closeup). What was Kooool, is that I had put the Towhees down as local residents, not having seen one. The Black eyeMask is quite large on this bird covering, more than 1/3 of face. The pic on the main page is far too dark. And I am sure the black eyeMask is for briter sunshine conditions ( ? ). Thats the story north of YumaAz on the Colorado River(observed March-April)--MichaelIN,hotYUMA--Mmcannis 13:43, 9 June 2006 (UTC)
Keep in mind that this picture is from the 19th century Border Survey -- they weren't working off live specimens in those days. The lower Colorado is definitely part of the range of Abert's Towhee -- they are generally found anywhere in Arizona below the Mogollon Rim and below the Sky Islands -- that is, within the Lower Colorado-Gila-Salt-Santa Cruz-San Pedro River system. -- Miwa * talk * contribs ^_^ 04:38, 10 June 2006 (UTC)

I live in Tempe AZ and have this bird laying eggs in my bouganvilla bush. Only took the 2 birds a few days to make the nest and the following weekend they laid 7 eggs that are mostly white with some brown spots. They don't seem to be all that shy.. I can watch them from 5 - 10 feet away. They also like using the bird feeder and getting water from my hose a leave on drip to water the trees. Interesting bird. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:51, 7 June 2008 (UTC)


The article mentions that Towhees are collectively referred to as a "teapot". I see that around 2009, started that claim (and now blogish type websites go along with it), but the only good reference I can find before that is this: [1] a list of "whimsical" suggestions for group names from 2001. I think this is invented out of whole cloth. Are there any experienced birders who can weigh in? Has's 2009 statement actually caused birders to use the term on a widespread basis? (talk) 20:30, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

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