photo by Phil Swanson
L 8 1/2″ (22 cm).
Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Whining “chee-ee.” Song varies, but usually ends with long trill “drink-your-teeaaa.”
Description: Male has black upperparts and hood; white spotting on back; chestnut sides; white underparts; white-tipped outer tail feathers; red eyes; and two white wing bars. Female is similar but is dark brown where male is black. Juvenile is brown overall with dark spotting and streaking.
Habitat: Brushy fields, thickets, woodland edges and clearings, second-growth forests, and city parks and residential areas with trees and tall shrubbery.
Where in Nebraska: Common spring and fall migrant and summer resident in western Nebraska. Occurs east along Platte for uncertain distance. Replaced by Eastern Towhee in east and southeast Nebraska.
Fun Facts: During the breeding season Spotted Towhees spend 70% to 90% of their mornings singing to attract a mate.