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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Cardinal à poitrine rose

Pheucticus ludovicianus

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Species: This grosbeak is an attractive large billed forest dwelling bird that is found throughout most of Canada and into the eastern regions of the USA. Usually seen at bird feeders in the springtime, where it is attracted to black-oil sunflower seeds. Its diet consists of seeds, insects and fruit.

Distinctions: Sexually dimorphic, whereas the male in breeding plumage is seen with a black head, back, tail and wings, with white wingbars. It received its name because of its rose-coloured bib-type band on a white breast. Overall the female is mainly brown in appearance, with brown streaking on a dull white breast. Juveniles are similar to the females, as are the males when seen in non-breeding plumage during the winter months.

Voice: Loud flute-like warbling lyrics, usually sung from high up in the crown of the tree tops.

Nesting: Four to five purplish, white spotted eggs. Builds its nest in a deciduous forest and forest edges. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak will have one to two broods per year.

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Grosbeaks

B L W W W Family Latin Name
8" 20.3cm 12.5" 31.7cm 1.6oz 45.4g Cardinalidae Pheucticus ludovicianus

North American Bird Calls

  1. Tap to hear Choice 1
  2. Tap to hear Choice 2

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Distribution: Seen in the breeding season, from Nova Scotia to the borders of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, into the central regions of the USA to the Atlantic coast. Migrates into Mexico and Central America in late fall and returns back in late April and early May the following year.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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