Documentation of Green-tailed Towhee

Observer Information

Reporter:  Dave Cameron   
Other Observers:  Debra Palenik; Again, hardly a rarity, I'm just reporting that this one seems to have wintered here, which I understand is uncommon.

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Green-tailed Towhee
First Date/Time:  12/7/2008
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  several minutes
County:  Denver
Specific Location:  My back yard on West Warren Ave in Harvey Park, SW Denver, roughly the vicinity of Sheridan and Evans.
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  10x50 nikons
Distance:  once at 30 feet, once at 10 feet
Light:  Mid-day, good light

Description of the Bird

Not sure if this is of interest; obviously the Green-Tailed Towhee is not rare in Colorado in summer. But I had one that seemed to winter here in my back yard, so I thought I'd report it, even in retrospect. I assume it was the same bird, despite the lengths of time between sightings, as the odds of having individual Green-Taileds passing through, one-at-a-time, every few weeks, is even smaller.

Rusty crown, black-and-white throat, etc. Photos attached.
Behaviors: Typical ground feeding and kicking. It would come around to eat feeder spillage and cracked corn that I put out for Juncos and other wintering birds.
Call: none heard
Plumage: basic

Similar Species Discussion

Common species that we've all seen before. I-D-ing it wasn't a chore. Only surprise was the season.

Resources Used


Previous Experience

We've seen nearly all species of Towhees; Green-tailed is an obvious standout.


Notes made DURING observation

Additional Information

Comments: If wintering Green-Taileds are not uncommon in Colorado, please disregard this report. Other birders have told me they are uncommon in winter, and advised me to report it.
Time: late morning
Other Dates: The four times we saw him in the yard were 12/07/08, early Jan/09, 2/22/09, and 4/18/09
Nearest Town: Denver
Independent Observers: Again, hardly a rarity, I'm just reporting that this one seems to have wintered here, which I understand is uncommon.

Materials Available

Photographer: Dave Cameron

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Date Documentation Submitted

5/12/2009 10:04:00 AM
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