|Genus||Species||subspecies||Breeding Range||Breeding Range 2||Non Breeding Range|
|Pipilo||aberti||NA, MA||sw USA, nw Mexico|
Listen to the sound of Aberts Towhee
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
|wingspan min.:||30||cm||wingspan max.:||33||cm|
|size min.:||21||cm||size max.:||23||cm|
|incubation min.:||14||days||incubation max.:||15||days|
|fledging min.:||12||days||fledging max.:||13||days|
s, understory of cottonwood-willow groves, even riverside marshes. In some areas (such as around Phoenix), comes into yards in well-watered suburbs. Where it overlaps with Canyon Towhee, Abert’s stays closer to water in dense cover.
Nest: Site is in dense shrub or tree such as mesquite, willow, baccharis, or elderberry, often well hidden within clump of mistletoe; usually 5-
8′ above the ground, can be higher. Nest (built by female) is a bulky open cup, loosely made of weeds, bark strips, grass, leaves, vines, lined with dry grass and sometimes hair.
Eggs: 1-4, usually 3. Pale blue or whitish with markings of dark brown and black. Incubation is apparently by female only, about 14 days.
Young: Both parents bring food for the nestlings. Young leave nest about 12-13 days after hatching, before they are full-grown, but are unable to fly for another week; tended by parents for a m
onth or more. Often 2 broods per year.
Insects make up majority of diet, especially in summer; major items include beetles, ants, caterpillars, grasshoppers, and cicadas. Also eats many seeds, including those of saltbush, weeds, and grasses.
Behavior: Forages mostly on the gr
ound, often scratching with both feet among the leaf litter as it searches for insects and seeds. Also forages on bark at base of trees, and in low bushes. Members of a pair often forage together.