This has always been one of my favorite birds. It is hard to spot because it spends so much time on the ground where as you can see from my photo it is well camouflaged. It has such a sweet song.
"The rufous-sided towhee is about seven inches in length. It has red-brown eyes, long black tail feathers and a small pointed black bill. The male rufous-sided towhee has a black head, neck and shoulders, a white chest and rust-red wings and sides. The female has the same color pattern as the male, but where he is black she is a dark brown. The rufous-sided towhee lives in thickets and at the edges of brushy woodlands. The rufous-sided towhee scratches under leaves looking for food. Nuts, seeds and fruits make up most of its diet. It also eats some insects. I found this interesting. “Rufous-sided towhees have regional accents! Depending on where they live, the towhee’s call will vary. Birds in the east sound nothing like birds in the west.”
I took this photo at our home in Leitchfield, Kentucky in the US. Camera is Sony A77, Lens Minolta 75-300mm. at 300mm. ISO-400 1/125 f/11