Painting and article by Kathryn Mann
I love to photograph the birds of Oklahoma, but I also am an artist and paint some of my favorite birds This is the Spotted Towhee which can be found throughout Oklahoma. If you have not seen one in person that is probably because they are a very shy bird and spend the majority of their time hidden in dense thickets and shrubbery.
They measure about 7.5 inches in length and have stunning red eyes. The male, which is represented in my painting, has white spots on his wings, a black head, back, and tail. It also has a white belly with brown on both sides. The Spotted Towhee is one of the largest members of the sparrow family.