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    Author(s): Robert C. Tweit; D. M. Finch
    Date: 2020
    Source: In: A. Poole, F.; Gill, F. B., eds. Birds of the World. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Online: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/abetow/1.0/introduction.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Recent analysis of mitochondrial genes suggests that the predominantly brown towhees - California, Abert's, Canyon, and White-throated - are more closely related to the Melozone ground-sparrows than they are to the predominantly black or green towhees. As a result, “brown towhees” are now placed in the genus Melozone. See the 51st Supplement to the AOU Checklist of North American Birds for details. Future revisions of this account will reflect these changes.

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    Tweit, Robert C.; Finch, D. M. 2020. Abert's Towhee (Melozone aberti), version 1.0. In: A. Poole, F.; Gill, F. B., eds. Birds of the World. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Online: https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/abetow/1.0/introduction.

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    Abert's Towhee, Melozone aberti

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