Towhee Birds

Stock #: 201763
Type: Postcard
Era: Linen
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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No. 35 Towhee Length 8 1/4 inches This active, energetic bird, sometimes called "Chewink" and "Ground Robin," is a general favorite with all those who love the woodland ways. Although a cousin to all the Sparrows and Finches, his tri-colored coat of black, white and rufous set him apart as one of the conspicuous members of the family. He is seldom found far from thick undergrowth and dusky, woodland copses which are his favorite haunts. Here he is equally at home in the cheerless days of winter, when many a leaf-strewn hillside rustles in response to his vigorous scratchings, or again in summer when his far-carrying musical notes ring through the verdant glooms of mandrake and sassafrass. The song of the Towhee, while possessing few if any of the characteristics which have made our best-known vocalists famous, nevertheless has about it an indescribable, ringing clearness which seems to be the very expression of joyous woodland mirth. The nest is on or near the ground, of strips of bark and dry leaves, lined with fine grasses. From four to five eggs, speckled or blotched with rufous, are laid. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Fringilidae Scientific name: Pipilo erythropthalmus erythropthalmus Range: Eastern north America. Breeds from southern Canada, south to northern Georgia and central Kansas. Winters from Ohio and Potomac Valleys south to Gulf Coast. No. 35 from set of 50 Spring Birds of Eastern North America. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00 post-paid
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