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 (tō′hē, tō-hē′)
1. A songbird (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) of eastern North America having black, white, and rust-colored plumage in the male. Also called chewink.
2. Any of several similar birds of the genera Pipilo and Melozone, found in western North America.

[Imitative of the song of some of these birds.]


(ˈtaʊhɪ; ˈtəʊ-)
(Animals) any of various North American brownish-coloured sparrows of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura
[C18: imitative of its note]


(ˈtaʊ hi, ˈtoʊ hi, ˈtoʊ i)

any of several long-tailed North American finches of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura with a black back, rust-colored sides, and a white breast.
[1720–30, Amer.; imitative]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.towhee - any of numerous long-tailed American finchestowhee - any of numerous long-tailed American finches
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
cheewink, chewink, Pipilo erythrophthalmus - common towhee of eastern North America
Chlorura chlorura, green-tailed towhee - towhee of the Rocky Mountains
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Instead, he focuses on South Florida slash pine trees that he uses as navigational markers that are no longer standing, or the increasing rare sight of the Eastern Towhee, a large sparrow that used to be ubiquitous throughout the county.
Additional Kane County highlights: spotted towhee and yellow-crowned night heron in Aurora, white-winged dove in Kaneville and a backyard rufous hummingbird in Elgin.
Birds like the song sparrow, spotted towhee, dark-eyed junco and Bewick's wren, often live in people's backyards, birdhouses and so on.
Meri makes sense of this cooling by translating it into the bird world: "In the spring, the male towhee spends between seventy and ninety percent of his mornings singing.
Examination of the original journal revealed that what Audubon was referring to was the towe bunting or the eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus; Fig.
Many species of warbler, scarlet tanager, eastern towhee, eastern wood-pewee and the wood thrush--Washington, D.
One of the birds, the green-tailed towhee, experienced an 81 percent population increase.
Temporary (migrating) residents included the hermit thrush, eastern towhee, wood thrush, white-throated sparrow, ovenbird, ruby-crowned kinglet, blackpoll warbler, common yellowthroat, and blue-throated warbler.
John Clare," the towhee breaks in bright orthography: "pp cp
section]) This total includes 49 unlisted captured birds from the following species: American woodcock, American tree sparrow, black-billed cuckoo, black-throated blue warbler, blackpoll warbler, brown creeper, Carolina wren, Canada warbler, Eastern towhee, Eurasian collared-dove, great crested flycatcher, golden-crowned kinglet, hairy woodpecker, killdeer, marsh wren, olive-sided flycatcher, red-breasted nuthatch, rose-breasted grosbeak, ruby-crowned kinglet, savannah sparrow, scarlet tanager, swamp sparrow, white-breasted nuthatch, and wood thrush.
We found that local bird species most frequently infested by ticks include the low-foraging grouse, turkey, chickadee, house wren, gray catbird, brown thrasher, robin, wood thrush, hermit thrush, Swainson's thrush, veery, yellow warbler, ovenbird, northern waterthrush, Connecticut warbler, mourning warbler, common yellowthroat, goldfinch, rufous-sided towhee, field sparrow, white-throated sparrow, swamp sparrow and song sparrow.