California Towhee
Tracks and Sign



California Towhees

California Towhee
Beautiful tracks left by a California towhee. This bird visited one of my trail cameras, so I caught it on film making the tracks below. These birds seem to prefer to hop.

These tracks are anisodactyl. There are three toes facing forward and one toe facing backward. The backward one is the hallux.
California Towhee tracks
Paired California towhee tracks in dust.
California Towhee tracks
Very clear California towhee tracks in dust under a building.
California Towhee tracks
Here is the complete trail of a California towhee, showing the hopping track pattern.
California Towhee scat
This freshly deposited scat was made by a California towhee that landed on my truck canopy. I saw this scat being made and went over to take the photo immediately. (I know, trackers do some really weird things!) The scat in the photo is only moments old. The white material is uric acid, which birds sometimes excrete with their scats. (It varies by species.)



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