Pop Quiz: The Lowdown on Towhees!

eastern towhee

Where does the name “towhee” come from?

a) It is Latin for “large sparrow”
b) It comes from the sound of the bird’s call
c) It comes from the bird’s behavior of using its toes to scratch for food
d) Nobody knows

Answer: b) Towhee is a description of one of the eastern towhee’s calls, which has also been transcribed as chewink.

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