Eastern towhee

A large species of sparrow, the Eastern towhee is more easily heard than seen. That is because, as a ground forager, it spends most of its time in the undergrowth scratching the leaf litter in search of food. In so doing, it makes a bit of a ruckus, which, combined with its call, makes its presence clear. If you follow the sounds to their source, you may catch sight of this beautiful bird with the rust-colored sides. It can also occasionally be found in low branches singing.

Left: A male Eastern towhee (top) and a female Eastern towhee (bottom).