Oil on Canvas / There are a number of different looking towhees – notably the rufous-sided group, the brown-towhee group and the hybrids. Although they are shy creatures, some may be seen in urban parks and gardens.
The Rufous-Sided Towhee has red-brown eyes, long black tail feathers and a small pointed black bill. The male Rufous-Sided Towhee has a black head, neck and shoulders, a white chest and rust-red wings and sides. The color of the female Rufous-Sided Towhee is particularly fascinating. She has the same color pattern as the male, but where he is black she is a dark brown.
The Rufous-Sided Towhee is about 18 cm (7 inches) in length. It breeds throughout southern Canada and all of the USA. It can be found as far south as Guatemala.
The Rufous-Sided Towhee lives in thickets and at the edges of brushy woodlands. The female makes a nest of weeds, leaves, bark and stems on or near the ground in a well-covered area. While the male may help gather nesting paraphernalia, the female incubates the eggs. The male will, however, help feed the young ones.