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by William Kraft
Canyon Towhee (Pipilo fuscus)
Q: I took the attached picture was taken at a friend’s house in the east Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, NM. I have referenced the field guide for Birds of New Mexico, but have been unable to find it. Any help identifying this bird would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help....
A: This is a canyon towhee, formerly known as the brown towhee lumped together with the California towhee, but now split. It has pale, brown upperparts, faint rufous crown, gray-buffy underparts with a dark central spot on the breast and rusty brown undertail coverts.
Canyon towhees are year-round residents of Arizona, northern New Mexico, Colorado and western Texas to southern Mexico. Their habitat consists of hilly, arid-scrub country and dessert canyons.
More information and photos about this bird can be found here: Canyon Towhee