Hard to identify new visitor to my feeder

by Amber Cherise Hodge
(Queen Creek, AZ)




This bird was a small perching bird. Smaller than my regular mourning dove visitors and larger than the house finches. He was very similar in size to the white-crowned sparrows that have been coming by, but perhaps a tiny bit bigger if at all. He had a striped throat, a mainly gray colored body, yellowish wash under his wings and a rufous colored cap.


I can't find an exact match in my field guides or on the internet.

I ran and grabbed my nikon but had to take the pictures from 35 feet away through a tinted and slightly scratched sliding glass door so the quality is less than perfect (my apologies). I did try to open the door quietly to get a better picture but he flew away and hasn't been back.

He was checking in on my suet and nyjer feeders (both empty this morning - man those birds can eat!).


Can you help???

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Apr 18, 2013
RE: Green Tailed Towhee NEW
by: Amber

I agree he looks a lot like that bird, which I hadn't run across yesterday, but in looking up similar specimens online: http://www.bird-friends.com/pics/GreenTailedTowhee/GreenTailedTowhee4LR.jpg

They have much less vibrant throat. Could this be a subspecies???????

Apr 18, 2013
Towhee NEW
by: Anonymous

It looks like a Green-tailed Towhee.

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