Pipilo erythrophthalmus erythrophthalmus

The truism that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder" might be supplemented by the profound assertion that “sound is in the ear of the listener!"

Occasionally the Towhees' call repeats their name; others state plainly they are “che-winks." The difference of opinion is simply a matter of how the ears are attuned. Their song is a clear pleasing little trill with full pitched notes sometimes taking a ventriloquistic quality.

Except when singing, Towhees are found on the ground where they scratch among the leaves, using the feet alternately; wherein they differ from other members of the family. I have been lured frequently in the direction of such a leaf scattering, believing some animal was at work, only to find all the scurrying was caused by an energetic Pipilo!


Eastern North America, from Southern British provinces, west to Great Plains and south to Gulf Coast.

White-eye Towhee

Pipilo erythrophthalmus alleni

Breeding similar to Towhee


Coast region from Charleston, South Carolina south thru Florida.

Birds and Trees of North America
Volume 10
, Plate
587 - 587a
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