It's Friday! Belt out a song like this handsome bird

June 27, 2014, 1 p.m.
eastern towhee bird

Photo: Larry Keller/MNN Flickr Group

Eastern Towhee male calling for a female

As the name of this species suggests, the beautifully colored sparrow-sized bird is a resident of the eastern United States and southeast Canada. Birders have fun ways of remembering the sound of various songbirds' calls. For this particular bird, it is remembered as a "Drink your teeeeea." A shorter, more common call by the bird sounds like "towhee" which is how the species got its name. Because they spend most of their time in the underbrush foraging for food in leaf litter, it's much more likely that you'll hear their call than spot the strikingly marked bird.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.