There are seven types of grosbeaks; the Black-headed Grosbeak, Blue Grosbeak, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Pine Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and the Yellow Grosbeak. The names of the birds reflect their colours, from a reddish-purple to bright red, banana-yellow to gold and bluish-black to a navy blue. These birds have some of the most beautiful colours of all the birds of North America.
The Crimson-collared Grosbeak and Yellow Grosbeak are found mostly in Mexico, the Blue Grosbeak in the central regions of the United States to Central America and the Black-headed Grosbeak in the western regions of North America as opposed to the Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the eastern regions. The Pine Grosbeak prefers northern Canada and is known to visit central North America when food is scarce and lastly the Evening Grosbeak, who prefers the conifer regions of Canada and migrates as far as central North America when searching for food supplies when the local food is running thin.
Their name comes from the fact that they have large bills. Grosbeaks are birds found most often in conifer and deciduous forests in North America. Their diet consists of seeds and fruit depending on the time of year.