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CANYON TOWHEE | by Len Blumin
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During our Texas birding tour we stayed at Neal's Lodges, along the Frio River in Concan, Texas. Lodges like this often have feeding areas for the birds, with appropriate seating for the audience. Not the most natural setting, to say the least, but a spectacular array of birds. The Canyon Towhee, shown here, is much like our California Towhee. Both have rufous around the vent. Canyon's bill is perphas bigger, and the markings on the neck are different. Here you can just about make out the "necklace" of spots, whereas on California we often see a light throat with distinct streaks.

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Taken on April 24, 2005