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Blue Grosbeak

Guiraca bleu

Birds seen in Cuba

Passerina caerulea

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Birds of North America
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6.75" 17.14cm 11" 28cm 1.0 oz 28.34g Cardinalidae Passerina caerulea

Species: The Blue Grosbeak (Picoides villosus) has similar colours to the Indigo Bunting, it is a bigger bird in appearance, with larger body and bill. The blue plumage may appear black in direct sunlight. This grosbeak can be seen in thickets along roads, feeds on plants in fields, and is a seed eater.

Distinctions: Sexually dimorphic, the male has mostly a dark blue body, black areas around bill, eyes and lores, rusty epaulettes and wing bars, large bill. It has a blue back with dark streaking. Female is light brown, brown back with light streaking, light brown wing bars. The juvenile is similar to female, some blue colouring seen in wings and under tail.

Voice: Call notes can be soft warblering in nature, or metallic. Usually, stays unseen in thickets, but will perch up on an open branch when singing.

Nesting: Four to five pale blue eggs. Nest constructed in clumps of plants on the ground, using grass, weeds and other small pliable materials.


Distribution: Found in fields and weedy areas, prefers to be close to water. Resides in thickets and riparian landscapes. Seen along the eastern coast, north to New York, are reported even more north from time to time. Going west, as far as California, back through Texas, to the southern tip of Florida.

Classic Collection of North American Birds