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Crises of identity behind name of eastern towhee

Some say the eastern towhee looks like a tuxedoed gentleman on his way to a party.
Some say the eastern towhee looks like a tuxedoed gentleman on his way to a party.
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A male eastern towhee is quite dashing in appearance. Black above, white below and a lovely cinnamon-brown on the flanks give this bird the look of a tuxedoed gentleman on his way to some high-society shindig. The female has the same basic pattern in her feathers, but the black of the male is replaced with a muted caramel-brown. The most beautiful physical features of these birds, however, are their bright red eyes. Particularly against the ...

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