Date: 3/5/17 9:58 am
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Fwd: green tailed/spotted hybrid??
I think this is an off-brand Spotted. The orange area is larger and further back on the head than a greentail's cap. Also the color seems slightly off for GT.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon


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> On Mar 5, 2017, at 9:37 AM, Romain Cooper <romain...> wrote:
> Hello OBOLers,
> I'm forwarding this message w/ 2 photo attachments that a friend recently sent my way. The Spotted Towhee was photographed from my friend's yard in Takilma area (upper East Fork Illinois River Valley), Josephine County, OR. The first photo shows that the bird looks like a "normal" SPTO from the front but the second photo shows an orange patch on the back of his (male?) head. The "back head coloration" appears to be the same hue as the towhee's "sides". As this is a similar color to a Green-Tailed Towhee's head, my friend wondered if this was a hybrid?
> I'm not knowledgeable but it seems that habitat/ elevational and associated nesting-timing differences between the 2 "Papilo" species would make this unlikely and the back head orange of this towhee is some type of pigment aberration. I'll get back to my friend Sarah re: any info on this if any of you have insights.
> Thanks, Romain
> ===================================================
>> Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2017 19:04:06 +0000 (UTC)
>> From: sarah mayer <sjm3224...>
>> To: "<romain...>" <romain...>,
>> Subject: green tailed/spotted hybrid??
>> this spotted towhee has an orange crown! very striking chap!
>> never seen one like it, how about you?
>> thanks, sarah
> Romain Cooper
> 10398 Takilma Road
> Cave Junction, OR 97523
> 541-592-2311
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