|A juvenile spotted towhee snacks on seeds dropped from a feeder. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
One evening at dusk, an adult called from a tall branch in our thick shrubbery. In seconds one juvenile, then a second flew into the brush. It must have been curfew and the parent was calling them home to roost.
Spotted towhees are large sparrows with a thick bill, short neck, chunky body and a long, rounded tail. Adult males have black heads and throats, wings and backs are spotted white, their flanks are rufous and bellies are white. Females have a gray or brown tint to their head and neck. Spotted towhees typically forage for seeds and insects on the ground.