Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhees are striking large sparrows, about the size of Robin, with a black head, throat, and back, reddish sides, long tails, and a white belly in the males. Females are similar but brown instead of black.

  • Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  • Length: 6.8-8.2 in (17.3-20.8 cm)
  • Weight: 1.1-1.8 oz (32-52 g)
  • Wingspan: 7.9-11.0 in (20-28 cm)


Eastern Towhees live all year in southeastern US States, but birds further north move south for the winter.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Eastern Towhees rummaging in the undergrowth and along the edges of forests and thickets.

Eastern Towhee Sounds:

Their song is a sharp note, followed by a trill.


Nests of Eastern Towhees are usually on the ground, hidden in fallen leaves. They are made from twigs, bark, and leaves, lined with soft grass and animal hair. They lay up to six eggs, which take just under two weeks to hatch and the same for young to fledge.

Attract Eastern Towhees

Attract to your backyard with overgrown borders and platform feeders with black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and millet.

Fun Fact:

Eastern Towhees love the sun and will be found on south-facing slopes.