Hop and Scratch


Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) Multnomah County

If you have ever watched a chicken scratch for food you might remember that it will scratch with one foot while balancing on the other. The Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus scratches with both feet at the same time during a hopping motion. Perhaps you have noticed.

How many birds forage by using the hop scratch method?


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