Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

This species was added to the Review List on 7 September 1996. Number of accepted Spotted Towhee records for Louisiana = 39 as of July 2015


Accepted Records

One adult female (1986-26) on 1 Nov 1986, Cameron: East Jetty Woods, 2 mi. S of Cameron; Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ 131127).

One adult male (1997-60) on 22 December 1997, Cameron: woods ¼ mi. E of Savoie Rd. and Hwy. 82; Melvin Weber.

One female (1997-77) on 30 November 1997, Cameron: ridge just E of Rutherford Beach; Phillip A. Wallace.

One female (1997-63) on 22 December 1997, Cameron: approximately 1.5 mi. E of Rutherford Beach community; Paul E. Conover. May involve same individual as reported earlier that fall (1997-77).

One immature male (98-21) from 4 Jan-23 Feb 1998, East Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge, ca 2.5 mi. S of LSU campus on River Road, entrance to Baton Rouge Equestrian Center; Daniel F. Lane (LSUMZ 166063), Christopher C. Witt (ph only taken 23 Feb, published in FN); FN 52(2): 212 (does not give the full date range).

One adult male (98-145) on 8 Nov 1998, Cameron: ca 5 mi. E of Cameron; Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ 168215; DLD) and Donna L. Dittmann; NAB 53(1): 65.

One immature male (99-101) on 27 Nov 1999, Cameron: Rutherford Beach, 3/4 mi. E of junction Rutherford Beach Road; Robert D. Purrington (ph) and B. Mac Myers III (ph); NAB 54(1): 64.

One female in 1st basic plumage (2002-77) on 19 Dec 2002, DeSoto: Stonewall, Hervey Farm on Missile Base Road, James L. Ingold (ph, banded, band no. 1781-80048).

Two, a male and female (2002-75), from 21 Dec 2002-1 Jan 2003, Caddo: Shreveport, Bickham Dickson Park; Jeff Trahan (ph) and Charles E. Lyon (ph).

One (2005-18) on 8 Feb 2005, Claiborne: Arizona Road, just N of Lake Claiborne; Phillip A. Wallace (ph).

One adult male (2006-038) on 26 November 2006, Plaquemines: Fort Jackson woods; Robert D. Purrington.

One adult female (2008-42) on 3 February 2008, Caddo: Shreveport, C. Bickham Dickson Park; Jeffrey Trahan (ph).

Photo by Jeffrey Trahan

One adult male (2009-010) on 18 January 2009, Bossier: Miller’s Bluff, 4 mi. S Wardview near junction of Miller’s Bluff and Buckshot roads; Devin Bosler (ph).

Photo by Devin Bosler

Two, male and female (2009-021) on 1 February 2009, Bossier: vicinity of Plain Dealing, female near 858 Bolinger Cutoff Rd. just W Hwy. 157 and ca 1 mi. E Hwy. 3, and male ca 4 mi. NNE of female’s location; Terry Davis.
NOTE: In the future, the LBRC will not accept submissions for obviously separate occurrences in a single report.

One (2009-022) on 14 February 2009, Claiborne: NNE of Colquitt community; Terry Davis.

One (2009-76) on 7 November 2009, Cameron: Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Gary Broussard (ph).

Photo by Gary Broussard

One (2009-90) on 31 December 2009, Cameron: “Big Woods”, approx. 9 mi. E of Cameron on Trosclair Road; Erik I. Johnson (ph).

Photo by Erik I. Johnson

One (2010-05) on 10 February 2010, Sabine: Antioch Church Road just W of intersection Antioch Church Road and Marie Lane, 31.83853o N, 93.53491o W; Jeff Trahan (ph).

Photo by Jeff Trahan

One male (2011-087) on 30 October 2011, Cameron: Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Justin Bosler (ph) and Rosemary Seidler (ph). Reportedly found by Cody DeStein.

Photo by Rosemary Seidler

One female (2011-103) on 4 November 2011, Cameron: Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Thomas Finnie (ph).

Photo by Thomas Finnie

One male (2011-089) on 16 December 2011, Cameron: Coto Plot Road, S of Hwy. 14, just E of Lacassine Bayou; Christopher G. Brantley and Walker Wilson (ph).

Photo by Walker Wilson

One male (2011-137) on 23 December 2011, Cameron: woods at 2400 block of Trosclair Rd., ca 9 mi. E Cameron; Paul E. Conover.

One female (2011-088) on 23 December 2011, Cameron: woodlot on 2400 block of Trosclair Road, about 9 mi. E of Cameron; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul E. Conover

One male (2012-012) on 11 January 2012, Union: Meridian Church, west of Marion, N 32.896322°,W 92.3437°; Stephen Pagans (ph).

Photo by Stephen Pagans

One (2012-013) on 14 January 2012, Webster: Yellow Pine Road Christian Church, Yellow Pine Road, SSW of Sibley; James L. Ingold (ph).

Photo by James L. Ingold

One female (2012-014) on 29 January 2012, Cameron: Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Paul E. Conover (ph) and Dave Patton (ph). Treated as different individual from 2011-103.

Photo by Paul E. Conover

One (2012-110) on 4 February 2012, Vermilion: 16.4 mi. ESE Pecan Island, Chenier au Tigre, Paul J. Rainey Audubon Sanctuary; Erik I. Johnson (ph).

Photo by Erik I. Johnson

One female (2012-015) on 5 February 2012, Cameron, Little Chenier, on Little Chenier Road 1-2 mi. E of Muria Road; Paul E. Conover (ph).

With Eastern Towhee. Photo by Paul E. Conover

One (2012-095; also erroneously published as 2012-113) on 5 February 2012, Cameron: Oak Grove, Oak Grove Sanctuary; David J. Ringer (ph).

Photo by David J. Ringer

One male (2012-111) on 5 February 2012, Ouachita: Beulah Church Rd., ca 0.1 mi. N Hwy. 144, N 32.473250o, W 92.415194o; Stephen L. Pagans (ph).

Photo by Stephen L. Pagans

One male (2012-016) on 7 February 2012, Cameron, Oak Grove; William Matthews (ph).

One (2012-114) on 11 February 2012, West Feliciana: W. end of paved trail associated with The Bluffs community; David J. Ringer (ph).

One (2012-097; also erroneously published as 2012-117) on 19 February 2012, Calcasieu: intersection of Elliot and Lincoln Rds., approximately 5 mi. SW of Lake Charles; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul E. Conover

One (2012-098) on 26 February 2012, Union: intersection of DeLoutre Switch Rd. and Hwy. 33, 6 mi. SW of Marion; Stephen L. Pagans (ph).

Photo by Stephen L. Pagans

One male (2012-127) on 25 March 2012, Jackson: Bradford Rd., N 32.486472o , W 92.464806o; Stephen L. Pagans (ph).

Photo by Stephen L. Pagans

One (2012-050) on 11 November 2012, Cameron: woods W of BRAS Peveto Woods Sanctuary; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul E. Conover

One female (2012-031) on 27 December 2012, Lafayette: Deer Park Ln., approximately 1.7 mi. N of Milton; Erik I Johnson (ph, audio) and Toddy Guidry (ph only).

Photo by Toddy Guidry

Up to three (2013-044) on 3 and 10 November 2013, Bossier: Red River NWR, Headquarters Unit; Terry Davis and Ronnie Maum (ph only).

Photo by Ronnie Maum

One (2013-043) on 9 November 2013, Red River: Red River NWR, Bayou Pierre Unit, Yates Tract; Terry Davis and Jeffrey Trahan (ph only).

Photo by Jeffrey Trahan

Unaccepted Records

Two adult males (2003-047) on 14 December 2003, Caddo: Shreveport, Brayford Rd. off W. end of S. Lakeshore Dr. Most Members believed that the description was either not adequate for identification as a Spotted Towhee, or did not eliminate hybrid Spotted X Eastern towhee.

One male (2012-109) on 1 February 2012, Jackson: N of Hwy. 548, ENE of Hatham, N 32.306506o, W 92.363611o. This was another “heard-only” report. The description of the voice was unconvincing in confirming Spotted Towhee and excluding Eastern Towhee or an Eastern X Spotted towhee hybrid.

One male (2012-115) on 14-15 February 2012, Ouachita: ca 0.7 mi. NE Hwy. 557 and Marvin Head Rd. Photographs were included with this report, but neither the photos or supporting description were sufficient to eliminate a hybrid or abnormal Eastern Towhee.

One male (2012-120) on 26 February 2012, Union: intersection of DeLoutre Switch Rd. and Hwy. 33, 6 mi. SW Marion, N 32.835756o, W 92.316161o. Photographs submitted better supported an Eastern Towhee or Eastern X Spotted towhee hybrid.