Abert's Towhee Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A large sparrow with a short, conical bill, an elongated body for a sparrow, and a rather long tail. The overall shape is similar to Northern Cardinal (but with a smaller bill and without the crest).

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than a Northern Cardinal, smaller than a Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 8.3-9.1 in (21.2-23.1 cm)
      • Weight: 1.5-1.9 oz (42.5-54.9 g)
      • Wingspan: 10.4-11.6 in (26.5-29.5 cm)