English and Scientific names:

Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus


Number of individuals: 

One, adult, female

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

C. Bickham Dickson Park, Shreveport, LA

Date(s) when observed:

February 3, 2008

Time(s) of day when observed:  

5:00 p.m.

Reporting observer and address:

Jeffrey Trahan


Shreveport, LA 71105

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Jean Trahan

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):


Optical equipment: 

Leica 10x42

Distance to bird(s): 

My closest distance to the bird was about 20 feet.

Duration of observation:

2 to 3 minutes


Open field with small trees located sporadically about.  This is a bottomland area near the Red River. 

Behavior of bird: 

The bird was stressed because of the approach of two humans (me and my wife).  It was located about five feet off of the ground in a small tree and did not appear to want to hang around for very long.


See the photograph sent to accompany this report.


No vocalizations were heard.

Similar species:

Eastern Towhee.  The Eastern Towhee does not have the many spots on the back as this bird had.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

I first photographed the bird using a Cannon 20D camera with a 400 mm f/5.6 Cannon lens. 

Previous experience with this species: 

I observed this species one other time in Bickham Dickson Park and many times in the western US.

Identification aids:

The Sibley Guide to Birds

National Geographic Field guide to the Birds of North America

This description is written from: 

See the photograph for the description.

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 




Jeff Trahan

Date and time: 

March 26, 2008

11:15 a.m.