California Towhee

Melozone crissalis

Summary 2

The California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) native to the coastal regions of western Oregon and California in the United States and Baja California Sur in Mexico.

To hear examples of sounds from California Towhee: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/california_towhee/sounds

Where on Campus? 3

California Towhees can be found in the California Native Plant Garden and in the scrubby areas around the edges of campus.

Habitat 3

California Towhees live in chaparral and other shrubby habitats. They can also be found in backyards and parks.

Life History 3

Nesting Females build the nests from twigs and grasses in a low fork of shrubs.
Feeding California Towhees eat seeds and invertebrates as well as berries including coffeeberry, poison oak and elderberries.

Distribution 4

California Towhees are found in the coastal regions of western Oregon and California in the United States and Baja California Sur in Mexico.

Migration 3

California Towhees are residents.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Lucina M, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.flickr.com/photos/83785593@N00/190297770
  2. Adapted by gillian360 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melozone_crissalis
  3. (c) gillian360, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  4. Adapted by gillian360 from a work by (c) NatureServe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://eol.org/data_objects/28918480

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