Eastern Towhee Double-scratching

VIDEO: Please click on photo below

Eastern Towhee double-scratching in my Toronto garden on 30 October 2016. Ron Pittaway and I aged it as a first year male by the brownish primaries (black in adults). We first noticed this super-scratcher by seeing the leaves flying from vigorous kicks with its large feet. The National Geographic Guide - 6th Edition (2011) says on page 460 under Eastern Towhee: "Like other towhees, Eastern scratches with its feet together." Note the edged upper tail coverts create a beautiful pattern.


VIDEO:  Double-scratching Eastern Towhee


Link to article in OFO NEWS: Double-scratchers

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