A little winter colour

Now that everything deciduous in the woodlands has lost – or is losing – its colour, and the American robins (actually thrushes with red breasts) have departed for a warmer climate, it’s nice to know that on my walks I can still look forward to seeing a splash of colour in the undergrowth. Relatively common but usually rather shy, the large, handsome finch-like Rufous-sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) frequently betrays its presence by rummaging noisily through the dead leaves on the ground under bushes and shrubs. The females have brown heads, the males have black heads but both sport the robin-red plumage on their sides as well as those penetrating red eyes.

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11 thoughts on “A little winter colour

    • Thank you. 🙂 I was born in England and love the European robins, they are still the real thing for me. The American robins are larger than this Towhee, look just like an English thrush, just with a red breast. I love them but they’re not nearly as cute as the little British robins. I don’t have many images of our big robins, I will see if I can find one to post.

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