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Towhee, Watercolor Illustration


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Rufous-Sided Towhee (Pipilo maculatus), watercolor

About the illustration:
Commissioned by: Organic Gardening Magazine, Rodale Publishing

About rufous-sided towhees:
Rufous-sided towhees are also referred to as spotted towhees. They are about seven inches long. BirdWeb (Seattle Audubon Society) describes the spotted towhee's foraging behavior as follows: "the Spotted Towhee uses a two-footed scratching method, kicking both feet backward at the same time to locate food under the litter." Towhees eat seeds and insects.

Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (having a spinal chord)
Class: Aves (birds)
Order: Passiformes (perching birds)
Family: Emberizidae (American sparrows and others with distinctive shape of beak)
Genus: Pipilo
Species: P. maculatus

More information about rufous-sided towhees:
Wikipedia: Spotted Towhee



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