My old and very much beloved Field Guide listed this bird as a Rufous-sided Towhee. This bird was renamed to distinguish it between the Spotted Towhee which lives in the Western States.
Eastern Towhees are large sparrows. They have a cute backward jump and scratch jump to search for insects and seeds. Undergrowth is their favorite habitat but over the years I am seeing them in the open areas in my yard. They have a distinct call so I always know when one is flying in. Eastern Towhee Songs/Calls will give you more information about this very cool bird.
I am blessed to see them every day. These are my most recent photos of a very handsome male.
Note: In Southern Georgia some Eastern Towhees will have white eyes.
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