The California Towhee likes dense cover and leaf litter. Leaf litter is good for many birds as well as most California native plants. This is our shade demonstration garden at our San Luis nursery location. The California Towhees love it and can be heard and seen scratching around in the leaf litter. (Notice, no weeds, grass etc.)
The California Towhee forages in the leaf litter by scratching, with both feet at once, in a fast hopping motion. They feed on seeds and insects within the leaf litter or occasionally on berries or seeds in bushes.
The California Towhee is found in brushy areas west of the Sierras. It is not found in central California as this area lacks the appropriate scrubby plant communities.
The California Towhee enjoys scrubby habitats with leaf litter. They will use open woodlands with dense under story.
The California Towhee does not migrate.