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Green Tailed Towhee

Pipilo chlorurus

 

Howard Mesa, Arizona

Minolta 35mm - Scanned

 

The Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) is the smallest towhee, but is still one of the larger members of the "American sparrow" family Emberizidae.  Its breeding range covers most of the interior Western United States, with a winter range in Mexico and the southern edge of the Southwestern United States.  This bird can be recognized by the bright green stripes on the edge of its wings. It has a distinct white throat and a rufous cap. It is fairly tame, but often stays hidden under a bush. It is fairly common in habitats with sagebrush and other such bushes. It is uncommonly seen because of its tendency to stay under cover.

 

~ from Wickipedia

 

Another from the archives......   :-)

 

 

 

Green Tailed Towhee

Pipilo chlorurus

 

Howard Mesa, Arizona

Minolta 35mm - Scanned

 

The Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) is the smallest towhee, but is still one of the larger members of the "American sparrow" family Emberizidae.  Its breeding range covers most of the interior Western United States, with a winter range in Mexico and the southern edge of the Southwestern United States.  This bird can be recognized by the bright green stripes on the edge of its wings. It has a distinct white throat and a rufous cap. It is fairly tame, but often stays hidden under a bush. It is fairly common in habitats with sagebrush and other such bushes. It is uncommonly seen because of its tendency to stay under cover.

 

~ from Wickipedia

 

Another from the archives......   :-)

 

 

 

comments (29)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Jun 2014, 00:57
I like its crest, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't he handsome?!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2014, 02:29
Perfect capture of that crown! and nice DOF!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Bonnie!!!
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2014, 03:25
Loving his little red hoodie
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That's great isn't it! I love these guys!
  • Shane
  • England
  • 2 Jun 2014, 05:44
Love his ginger little hair cut
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile I'll tell him! smile
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston, England
  • 2 Jun 2014, 06:06
A perky little fellow with that crest, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't he?! smile
He's a cute little fella!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I sure think so - glad you do too!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Jun 2014, 06:47
I love his 'Saturday-night-going-to-the-disco' hairdo...
Wonderful composition.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile HAHAHA!!!! Good one Astrid!
Thanks so much!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Jun 2014, 06:53
I think it looks very smart with that distinct headgear
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I"m glad you do - I'll let him know!
What a sweet tweetie-pie, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Cute Ginnie!!! I do love these!
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 2 Jun 2014, 07:22
I note that it is quite fashionable for a lady to dye her her red these days Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Not this lady... I think I'd look silly as a red head!
Perhaps this little guy took a cue from his little lady?
I like the wee tuffty feathers on the head, very cute we fellow.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you - I think he's a handsome chap!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jun 2014, 07:53
That's an unusual branch he's sitting on smile I like its "hair" colouring.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That would be a twisty little piece of re-bar holding a little cup of water! smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jun 2014, 08:25
Certainly brighter than our house sparrow. Makes him look very aggressive!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I suppose the aggressive look might be his defense mechanism!
What a beauty, he must be friendly: getting so close!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are really friendly - they'll hop under bushes - but this piece of re-bar had a cup of water dangling, so I guess he decided to come out and say "hi"!
It is a sweet little thing that we do not have here in the east. I love his little rufous cap.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are one of our more handsome birds!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Jun 2014, 10:45
A wonderful close-up- and it has rained in Arizona! Hurrah!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Philine! No rain... I've just given up begging for it! smile
He's a beauty Elizabeth, looks like he's waiting for the drip.... I like the bokeh in this shot.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Frank! He probably was. This is a curly piece of re-bar Anthony fashioned into a bird feeder - the lower part held a little glass cup. The boy was good for a few things - I think even Annette would agree! smile
Funny hair do
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile He'll stand out in a crowd!
Terrific capture of this little fellow, Elizabeth. I wonder why he isn't called the red-headed towhee.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much Beverly! I do too - I wonder about a lot of bird names! To be fair - he does have a lovely green tail when it fans!
Nice, was is it perched on? Does not look like Sagebrush, but what do I know smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I don't suppose you've seen a lot of sagebrush out your way!! smile He's perched on a piece of re-bar a friend of mine fashioned into a decorative bird feeder! The curly end has a little glass cup hanging from it.
love his redish hair... nice one from the archives Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Thanks so much Ronky - amazing what I can find lingering in there!
Nice little character, just thinking, I could have my hair, what there is of it these days, dyed that colour, perhaps it might make me look younger smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You never know, Brian - it also might make you look a bit silly. I think Maureen would agree you're perfect as you are! smile
Good capture, elizabeth...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you kindly, Larry!
  • ....peter:)
  • Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada
  • 2 Jun 2014, 16:35
I like its cool rufus cap Elisabeth... he dresses up the rebar... a beautiful bird....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't that great! Yes - it's excellent dressing for re-bar! Thanks Peter!
What a handsome little fella Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: He totally is, Richard! Thanks!
Nice one - evidently thought it safe to come out from under the bush!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes- when they're not scratching around for seeds under a bush- they are actually quite bold!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Jun 2014, 18:57
I've never heard of a towhee - a great name, is it a mimic of its call I wonder? What lovely colouring
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I honestly don't know where the name towhee comes from. There are different towhee's- all with different calls. The most distinctive for me is the Rufous Sided Towhee, because he sings: "Drink-your-tee-ee-ee-ee-ee" smile
very cool .... love the colors (like a watercolor painting)
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much Dennis! I really appreciate your comments and visit!
The most colourful sparrow I've ever seen! nice shot too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: He is a lovely little thing isn't he! Thank you!

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