Green-Tailed Towhee

Pipilo chlorurus
Range Map

The Green-Tailed Towhee prefers species-rich shrub habitats, and disturbed and open areas of montane forest for breeding. In summer, this bird ranges over much of the western USA, but they spend winters in the American Southwest and Mexico. This bird is the smallest of our towhees, though they are still larger than other members of the sparrow clan.

These birds are one of the more under-studied species in the USA. Things we know (or believe) include:

  • Thier population seems stable.
  • They are monotypic (i.e. no subspecies).
  • Breeders prefer species-rich shrub communities and disturbed and open areas of mountain forest.
  • Their nest are vulnerable to predators, requiring breeding pairs to rebuild nest and begin anew as many as four times a season.

Thus far, my meetings with this species have been in southern Oregon, the Californian Eastern Sierra Nevada region, and in southern Arizona. I am looking forward to my next meeting, no matter where it occurs.

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