towhee

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English[edit]

A canyon towhee
(Pipilo fusca, previously Melozone fusca)

Etymology[edit]

Imitative of the call of the eastern towhee, Pipilo erythrophthalmus.

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Noun[edit]

towhee (plural towhees)

  1. Any of several species of birds of the genera Pipilo and Melozone.

Usage notes[edit]

The taxonomical classification varies. Some authorities place all towhees in Pipilo, others place some in Melozone.

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