• Incubation: 12-13 days
• Clutch Size: 3-5 eggs
• Young Fledge: 10-12 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: nuts, seeds, fruit; occasionally insects.
Male Eastern towhees have a black hood, back, wings and tail. The breast and belly are white and the sides are roufus. The female is similar, except she is brown where the male is black.
Habitat and Habits
Towhees inhabit brushy fields, woodland openings and edges, cedar groves, and thickets. They feed primarily on the ground, and will scratch loudly amongst the leaf litter, like small chickens. This large, showy sparrow has a very distinctive, clear ringing song. Their call, which has the same clear tone, resembles chewink!
Reproduction and Care of the Young
A loose nest in the shape of a cup is laid in a dense bush near the ground. The eggs are reddish-brown in color, with lilac spots.