Canyon Towhee: Large sparrow, gray upperparts, pale gray underparts, large central breast spot, and white belly patch. Crown is rust-brown. Tail is long with brown undertail coverts. Legs are pink-brown. Short flights with rapidly beating wing strokes alternating with wings pulled briefly to sides.
Range and Habitat
Canyon Towhee: Found in Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas, Colorado and Mexico. Prefers dry hill country and desert canyons.
The Canyon Towhee feeds on insects on the grills of cars and will hide under the cars when disturbed.
A group of towhees are collectively known as a "tangle" and a "teapot" of towhees.
The Canyon Towhee is native to the United States and Mexico. The range of this bird is large, covering more than 1.5 million square kilometers. It is believed that the population of the Canyon Towhee could be around 6.5 million individual birds. In the last few years there have been no reasons to believe that the population of the Canyon Towhee is in danger. Consequently, this bird species is currently rated as Least Concern, downgraded from a prior Lower Risk.