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Need Help to Identify


I apologize for the quality of this photo. The bird saw me and I had to hurry to get the shot before it flew off.

The bird was in my yard a few years ago and I have been trying to find out what kind it is. I thought it was an Eastern Towhee but the head and face does not look like one to me. I have done many searches and have not found a bird that looks anything like this one.

If you have an idea what kind it is would you please share that information with me? Thank you in advance.

26 Replies to “Need Help to Identify”

    1. Thank you so much. I was thinking that is what it was but was not really sure. I appreciate your comment.

    1. Yes it is and that is what I hoped would happen. I was pretty sure but just needed to know if others agreed.

    1. I agree with you as do others. I hope to see another one sometime and be able to get a better photo. Hugs

  1. Did you just take this picture? It has ice in it and since we’re still having heat and humidity late in the season, it was cooling to see the ice. Pretty bird but no idea what it is. Some of you are very knowledgeable on the subject, though.

    1. Oh no! I took that picture several years ago during the winter there was a big ice storm that year. I have been trying off and on ever since to identify the bird. It is still in the 80’s and 90’s here right now.

  2. I had no idea but wanted to see what your readers thought. Very attractive bird but I haven’t seen any like it here.

    1. If it is an Eastern Towhee like I think they live here in Arkansas year round. In all the years I have been watching, feeding and photographing birds that was the first and only one I have seen whatever kind it is.

  3. I think it looks like a female juvenile Eastern Towhee. I hope you won’t get such ice storms this coming winter. Hugs from Dylan and me.

    1. I really think that is what it is too but wanted some conformation from someone that knows more than I do. I too hope we don’t get an ice storm this winter. They do a lot of damage to the beautiful trees and other things. Hugs from us to you and Dylan.

  4. I have no idea.
    I love birds but haven’t spent much time learning them.
    That’s why I enjoy your blog so much.

    Hope all is well.

  5. I also think he’s an Eastern Towhee. I looked up Eastern Towhee Images on Google and I think he resembles the one I saw on Google. I googled Eastern Towhee images and I saw that they had different coloring. It’s difficult to see exactly because the photo is a bit blurred. He might be a juvenile, I have no idea.
    Hugs, Julia

    1. I pretty much think it has to be an Eastern Towhee too. I can find no other bird with colors like is on this bird. I just have not found one with that much black on the face. I posted it to see if there is anyone that knows for sure it is a Towhee. The photo is blurred I had to take it through a window and the bird saw me move the curtain and was about ready to fly. I was lucky to get this photo. Hugs

    1. You could be right the immature birds can sometimes look different. The black face is what is really stumping me other than that it does look like an immature female. Thanks for the link I go there a lot but not lately. Hugs

  6. Wow, Maggie, what a curious looking little bird. I have never seen anything like it either. Maybe a hybrid of some sort .
    Do you have a place to send bird pics for identifying in your area or state? A university or an extention office?
    I sure hope you can find out.
    Have you tried looking up birds that live in your state and area?

    1. Yes, we do have. I have checked on the AR bird identification site and checked on many other sites. The colors are right for a female Eastern Towhee but the head, face and neck area look different than any I have seen. We have Eastern Towhees here year round.

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