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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.]
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(ˈtaʊhɪ; ˈtəʊ-)
(Animals) any of various North American brownish-coloured sparrows of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura
[C18: imitative of its note]
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(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]
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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.
torquatus Du Bus, the Collared Towhee (van Rossem 1940), "an obvious hybrid" (IRSNB 3043, holotype) [Nota 4].
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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.
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