Abert’s Towhee

: A Desert Dwelling Bird

Abert’s Towhee is a bird species that belongs to the sparrow family. These birds are commonly found in the southwestern part of the United States and Mexico. The scientific name for this bird species is Melozone aberti.

Basic Description:

Abert’s Towhee has a unique appearance, making it easy to identify from other towhees. This bird has an orange-brown color on its head and back, while its wings and tail have a blackish-brown color. The throat area of the Abert’s Towhee is white, which stands out against their dark feathers.

Where To Find This Bird:

These birds can be found in different habitats across Southwestern USA like desert scrublands areas near streams or rivers where there are tall shrubs or trees such as cottonwoods, willows or mesquites.


Abert’s Towhees prefer living in arid environments with sparse vegetation cover like deserts but can also be seen along stream beds where they nest higher up in leafy branches to avoid flooding during rainy seasons. During winters these birds migrate southwards towards Mexico but return back north when spring arrives.


The diet of an Abert’s towhee primarily consists of seeds insects and fruits such as berries sometimes even small animals like spiders or snails may become prey if they find them on ground beneath bushes .

Cool Facts:

– Male Abert’s towhees sing year-round unlike most other songbirds that only sing during mating season.
– They use their long tails as rudders when walking around on uneven terrain.
– They build nests high up off the ground (up to 6 feet) because they are afraid of predators.
– The word “towhee” comes from one of this bird’s vocalizations -”tow-hee.”

In conclusion, Abert’s Towhees are fascinating desert dwelling birds with unique physical attributes and behaviors that make them stand out amongst other bird species. These birds can be found in arid environments across Southwestern USA, where they forage on seeds, insects and fruits. Their preference for nesting high up off the ground is testament to their cautious nature when it comes to predators. If you ever get a chance to spot an Abert’s Towhee during your travels, take a moment to appreciate this remarkable species of bird!