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    California Towhee Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      California Towhees are essentially large sparrows, with a sparrow’s short, rounded wings, long tail, and thick, seed-cracking beak – but towhees are larger and bulkier. The long tail and short wings can give this bird an ungainly look in flight.

      Relative Size

      Slightly larger than a Spotted Towhee; slightly smaller than a robin.

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 8.3-9.8 in (21-25 cm)
        • Weight: 1.3-2.4 oz (37-67 g)
        • Wingspan: 11.4 in (29 cm)