Notes from the field

October 02, 2018

How long do towhees live?

By Neil Gifford, Conservation Director

This female Eastern towhee, recaptured by our science staff on October 2, was originally banded during Lupine Fest in the Karner Barrens East section of the preserve as an adult in May 2012. That means she is at least 8 years and 4 months old (hatched June 2010). According to the USGS Bird Banding Lab, the North American record is a 9-yr, 11-month old towhee recaptured in 1946. So while not a record, our female towhee is one amazing old bird!

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