Singing Green-tailed Towhee

Singing Green-tailed TowheeSinging Green-tailed Towhee

Yesterday I was able to photograph this Green-tailed Towhee as it sang on top of a Juniper in a canyon of the Stansbury Mountains in Tooele County, Utah. So far this is the best image I have been able to create of this species. This was a large crop though and wouldn’t be suitable for printing so my hope is that I’ll be able to approach this species more closely to get some frame filling images of Green-tailed Towhees.

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. I envy you being able to see and photograph one of these birds, even though you didn’t get your optimal photo. We apparently have them at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site outside El Paso, TX, but I have yet to see one, despite the large amount of time I’ve been spending at the park. One day…

    • I hope you see one soon Susan, look for them low to the ground this time of the year, most of the time that is where they are unless it is breeding season.

  2. Thanks for your comments everyone.

  3. This bird look great against that nice blue sky. I like how they fan out their green tails like this.

  4. Mia, you captured all the subtle coloring beautifully though! The first time I ever saw this species it was in the Wasatch Mountains on Monte Cristo! At the time I didn’t even know what it was!

  5. Whoa!!! You’re right about this bird…..very elusive and difficult to get close up. But you’ve done a great close up here. Not easy at all!

  6. What a gorgeous image, Mia! It’s nice to see the colors from the underside.

  7. I’ve only wanted to see the Towhee, but I get a Green-tailed Towhee, fantastic photo.

  8. Wonderful photograph of a species I haven’t seen yet! Good luck in getting closer to the next one! In the meantime, this one is gorgeous!

  9. Beautiful photo, Mia, I love it!

  10. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    What a marvelous photo revealing all of the various colors in full glory. I think you caught this bird at a moment of rare beauty…. I think I love these photos where I can see so much of the bird, and I’m not concerned one bit about whether or not it passes some photographic rule book some place. It’s great. Many thanks.

  11. Jane Chesebrough

    This is a lovely bird, not native to this area so appreciate the introduction, Mia.

  12. What a gorgeous bird and lovely photo Mia

  13. Gorgeous bird Mia-love to see one myself. These guys are a lot more colorful than the Eastern variety we have back here.

  14. wow, very nice !
    the view angle is a bit low, but it doesnt matter, the picture is very nice
    have a nice day mia ☺

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