Abert's Towhee
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General description.

Albert's Towhee has none of the glamor of the Rufous-sided Towhee, but is more interesting, in appearance, than the drab Brown Towhee. If seen, he is notable by his buff underparts offsetting the darker back and tail. His most distinguishable marking is the dramatic, "black patch" across the face.

Female appearance.

The female Albert's Towhee is very similar to the male.

Calls or song.

In accordance with his unheralded appearance, the Albert's Towhee's vocabulary consists of a single "peek".

Population and distribution.

This southwestern towhee, is as elusive as he is inconspicuous, slipping through tangled brush, generally along the basin of the Colorado River. His range takes him from Southeast Nevada and Utah to Southwest New Mexico and the Gulf of California.

Nesting habits.

In a thick clump of underbrush, just a few feet off the ground, the Albert's Towhee builds an untidy nest of grass and weeds. However, the deep cup is tightly lined with fine roots and hair. The female makes for an unusual portrait as she sits with her head and tail contemplating the sky. She lays three or four pale, blue-green eggs, bisected by tiny hairlines and a black spot at the end.
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