The "Canyon Towhee", formerly considered the "Brown Towhee", is slightly paler and grayer than the "California Towhee". In addition to the above tags, he has cinnamon-buff undertail coverts. This is a large, long-tailed sparrow that sticks to the ground and low bushes.
The young "Canyon Towhee" lacks the rufous crown, is faintly streaked below and has narrow, buff wing bars.
This is a southwestern species, that is sedentary and breeds and lives, year round, in a variety of arid habitats.
Calls or song.
The "Canyon Towhee" calls an odd, "shed-lp" or "kedlp". His song opens with the call note, which is followed by some sweet, slurred duets of lisping sounds.
Population and distribution.
This bird is a common resident of scrub, canyon slopes and desert-community backyards.
The "Canyon Towhee" will place its nest in a small tree or shrub three to twelve feet up. It is a bulky cup of twigs and grasses, in which she lays three to four eggs.