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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
Flight call description No known flight call. A long, wavering, buzzy "szeeuee" is given by perched birds during the day (see Discussion).
Similar species See Eastern Towhee.
Behavior Nocturnal migrant. "Szeeuee" call given regularly by perched birds during the day, particularly around dawn and dusk. Not known to call in nocturnal migration.
Discussion Based on the behavior of other sparrows, it seems plausible that this call or some variation of this call may sometimes be used as a flight call by nocturnal migrants.