Canyon Towhees

The Canyon Towhee or Brown Towhee, Pipilo fuscus, is native to lower-lying areas from Arizona, southern Colorado, and western Texas south to northwestern Oaxaca, Mexico. They mostly avoid the coasts. They inhabit brush or chaparral.


The Canyon Towhee is around 20–25 cm in length, including the long tail. The plumage is mostly earthy brown in color, with a somewhat darker plumage underneath and a darker head with a cap – except those birds occurring in central Mexico, which have a cap that is the same color as the back.

There is a slightly reddish area beneath the tail.

Males and females look alike..

Diet / Feeding:

The Canyon Towhee feeds on insects taken from the ground or in low scrub.

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