A rare Rufous-Sided Towhee was spotted in a Boulder backyard, delighting local birdwatchers. Known for its distinctive appearance, this uncommon sighting added a touch of natural wonder to the neighborhood’s daily life.

The scientific name for the Rufous-Sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) is practically impossible to say.

It literally translates to “red-eyed chirper,” referring to the red eye and its most common call, “chewink.” Chewink is another name for this bird.

Until recently, the Eastern and Spotted were thought to be the same species (Rufous-sided Towhee), however this is no longer the case.

photo credit: Lenny Frieling