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noun\ˈtō-ˌhē, ˈtō-(ˌ)ē, tō-ˈhē\
Definition of TOWHEE
: a common finch (Pipilo erythrophthalmus of the family Emberizidae) of eastern North America with the male having reddish sides, white underparts, and black upperparts, head, and neck —called also chewink
: any of the North American finches belonging to the same genus (Pipilo) as the towhee
Rufous-sided towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)—John H. GerardThe National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers
Any of several North American songbirds (passerine family Emberizidae), long-tailed thicket-dwellers that noisily scratch the ground for food. The name is from the call of the eastern, or rufous-sided, towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), known as chewink in the southeastern U.S.; it ranges from Canada to Central America. About 8 in. (20 cm) long, it has a dark hood, white-cornered tail, and rusty flanks; western subspecies have white-spotted wings. The canyon, or brown, towhee (P. fuscus) of the western U.S. is a plain-looking bird. The green-tailed towhee (P. chlorurus), also western, is gray, white, and greenish, with a red-brown cap.