Collared Towhee Pipilo ocai

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passerellidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
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  • © Rolando Ch├ívez

Collared Towhee is a large sparrow-like bird (length 21 cm) endemic to the eastern and western slopes of central Mexico where it occupies mountainous terrain from about 1500-3500 m. There, it inhabits understory in moist pine-oak woodlands. The chestnut cap, green upperparts, black cheek and breast band, gray flanks, and white chin are curiously similar to that of the Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch (Buarremon brunneinucha), but note the latter’s thinner breast band and more golden (not whitish) supercilium. The towhee’s trilling song interspersed with chips is also very different than the brush-finche’s very high-pitched hissing song.

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© Scott Connop

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Collared Towhee (Pipilo ocai), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: