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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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MalePhoto © by Marcel Gauthier.Henryville, Quebec, Canada, May 2005
Photo © by Marcel Gauthier.
Henryville, Quebec, Canada, May 2005
Pheucticus ludovicianus


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by rstrick2 Candor, New York, USA, July 2007
Photo © by rstrick2
Candor, New York, USA, July 2007

8" (20 cm) Starling-sized
Heavy pinky-white bill

  • Black and white
  • Pinkish-red patch on breast and underwings


  • Brownish upperparts
  • Whitish underparts with heavy brown streaking
  • Prominent white supercilium
  • Yellow wing linings

[edit] Distribution

Eastern Canada and US; winters from Mexico to Peru and western Cuba

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

JuvenilePhoto © by DeerbirdKentucky, June 2018
Photo © by Deerbird
Kentucky, June 2018

Moist woodlands close to open fields with tall shrubs; also old and overgrown orchards.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The nest can be found in a low tree branch. The clutch consists of 4 or 5 purple-spotted whitish eggs which are laid in a loosely made nest of twigs, grass, and plant fibers.

[edit] Diet

A large part of its diet consists of potato beetles and larvae as well as weed seeds, wild fruits, and buds.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: its distinctive call note is a sharp, penetrating, metallic eek-eek
Song: is like that of an American Robin, but softer and more melodious.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. eNature

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