Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Eastern Towhee, often more heard than seen because they like the shadows of the shrubs and the woodland floor and the thickness of the scrub. “Pipilo” comes from the Latin for to peep or to chirp. This is a male, seen in Green-Wood.In the southeast, you can find them with white eyes. Up here they have red eyes. The species epithet, erythrophthalmus, means red-eyed. The light wasn’t quite right for revealing that very well.But check out the different patterns and shadings on this vent-view. Of course, this is breeding season. Out at Fort Tilden on Sunday, several males were seen and heard with a vengeance. The throat feathers fly when these boys sing out.There was not a warbler to be seen in that barrier beach scrub (not yet nearly as green as inland Brooklyn, which really started glowing this weekend). But, being in the middle of concurrent towhee, wren, and thrasher songs certainly made up for that.

3 Responses to “Pipilo erythrophthalmus”


  1. 1 map195 April 23, 2019 at 7:45 am

    beautifull bird…great photography …mthew keep it up

  2. 2 Peggy Herron April 23, 2019 at 9:28 am

    I loved the vent view .


  1. 1 Pipilo erythrophthalmus | Backyard and Beyond – Wolf's Birding and Bonsai Blog Trackback on April 23, 2019 at 11:45 am

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