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#1 desertjoan

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:06 PM

Have a pair of these here in NW Arizona. Always around looking for bugs on ground and chirping. Dirty looking brown with pale yellow on underside. Around 7-8 inches in length. New to bird watching/identying and need a little help. Thanks

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:17 PM

Welcome to Whatbird! I believe you have a California Towhee. Any other shots?

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#3 shrike1

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:39 PM

I think by range this should be the very similar Abert's Towhee

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:41 PM

This actually looks like a Canyon Towhee - Abert's should have a dark face, and California would be darker overall. The range fits better for Abert's, I'll grant, but the plumage just doesn't fit.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 10:36 PM

Trying to carry camera to catch some shots..They appear to be in the line of towhee. These two out here are 'rough' looking and have been hanging around for about three years now. I'll try to catch better pics. Thanks for all your help




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