Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Song: The typical drink your teeeeeee song consists of two introductory notes followed by a musical trill. There is a large amount of variation, and individual towhees usually have several versions, generally repeating one version a number of times before switching to another, but sometimes alternating two variants one after the other (Borror 1959).

Eastern Towhee Song, April 18, 2010. Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

Chewink Call: A throaty, ascending chewink. This call is given by both sexes when disturbed or alarmed (Stokes et al. 1983).

Eastern Towhee Chewink Call, April 18, 2010. Waukesha County, Wisconsin.


Borror, D. J. 1959. Variation in the songs of the Rufous-sided Towhee. Wilson Bull. 71:54-72.

Stokes, Donald W., and Lillian Q. Stokes. 1983. A Guide to Bird Behavior Volume II. Little, Brown and Company. Boston and Toronto.