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Green-tailed Towhee
  Pipilo chlorurus

* Large secretive sparrow-like bird.

* Nests in dense shrubby habitats above 5000 feet, but is a common migrant in the valleys in the fall.

* Feeds by scratching on the ground for seeds.

 
  Photo copyright by Robert Shanz Photo can be viewed at http://www.rshantz.com/Animals/Birds/Towhees/Green/20061222Towhee02.htm