|An uncommon sight: A California towhee visits a feeder in Mission Viejo. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
California towhees have short, rounded wings, long tails, and short, conical bills. They're about nine inches from the tip of the bill to the end of its tail and are uniformly matte brown with a reddish patch under the tail. Males are indistinguishable from females.
They're common year-round residents throughout most of California. Entice them to your yard by sprinkling millet or sunflower seeds on the ground.