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Towhee, Collared
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Pipilo ocai
Central America and Caribbean, Global, Mexico Read more
Related Reading
Partners in Flight estimate the total population to number 50,000-499,999 individuals (A. Panjabi in litt. 2008). ...
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This species, at 21 cm (8.3 in), is a fairly large species. Among standard measurements, the wing chord is 7.9 to 9.2 cm (3.1 to 3.6 in), the relatively short tail is 8.9 to 10.6 cm (3.5 to 4.2 in), the bill is 1.5 to 1.8 cm (0.59 to 0.71 in) and the tarsus is 2.8 to 3.4 cm (1.1 to 1.3 in). Males weigh from 61 to 68 g (2.2 to 2.4 oz) and females from 54.5 to 62.5 g (1.92 to 2.20 oz). In terms of weight, and standard bill and tarsal measurements, this is the largest species of emberizid overall, although related species, including Abert's, Canyon and California Towhees, outrank the Collared Towhee in overall length, as well as tail and wing length.[ 2] [ 3] In the Collared Towhee, the chestnut cap, yellowish green upperparts, black cheek and breast band, gray flanks, and white chin are curiously similar to that of the Chestnut-capped Brush Finch, but note the latter’s thinner breast band and more golden (not whitish) supercilium.[ 4] The towhee’s trilling song interspersed with chips is also very different than the brush-finche’s very high-pitched hissing song. ...
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