National Geographic : 1939 Mar
SPARROWS, TOWHEES, AND LONGSPURS v iNirUnalla teugraipilc oucley ralnting ny walter A. wener MODEST PLUMAGE OF WESTERN TOWHEES BLENDS WITH THEIR ARID RANGE Amid mesquite and cactus dwells the black-bibbed Desert Sparrow (upper right), which shares its south western range with quail (Gambel's variety, left center) and road-runner. The reddish cap feathers of the Green-tailed Towhee (second from top, right) literally stand on end when the bird is surprised by an intruder. The California and Cafion Towhees (bottom and next to bottom, respectively) are subspecies of the bird popularly known as the "brown towhee." Upper left is the Northern Sage Sparrow.