How to Attract Eastern Towhee

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY.

Description: A bird of the thickets, the spectacularly patterned Eastern Towhee is always a sight to behold. If you come across a Towhee it will likely be rummaging through leaf litter or twisty thickets looking for seeds, insects, and fruit. The Towhee will visit feeders, where it will consume a great variety of seed. The Eastern Towhee will on occasion use a bird bath but strongly prefer to use it in secluded areas, especially if it is placed on the ground.

Overview

Identification:

  • Large-sized sparrow
  • Male: black upperparts, white belly, rusty-colored sides, red eyes
  • Female: brown upperparts, white belly, rusty-colored sides, red eyes

Habitat:

  • Overgrown Edge Habitat: Thickets, Tangles, Shrubs, Weeds
  • Leaf litter

Eating Habits:

  • Seeds, nuts, insects, small fruits
  • Will eat from ground feeders

Nesting:

  • Primarily ground nester
  • Shrubs or Tangles

Top Ways to Attract Eastern Towhee

Brushy/Overgrown Habitat     Ground Feeder     Millet     Cracked Corn     Wild Blackberry

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Eastern Towhee

Birch (Seeds)     Crabapple (Fruit)     Hickory (Nut)     Red Mulberry (Fruit)     Wild Blueberry (Fruit)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Eastern Towhee

Aster (Seeds)     Black-Eyed Susan (Seeds)     Sunflower (Seeds)     Wild Blackberry (Fruit, Ideal Habitat)     Woodland Strawberry (Fruit)

Attracting Eastern Towhee with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Ground     Platform

Feed:    Cracked Corn     Millet      Peanut     Sunflower Seed