Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak and female Purple Finch - FeederWatch - picture of rose breasted grosbeak


Rose-breasted Grosbeak | Audubon Field Guide picture of rose breasted grosbeak

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Bursting with black, white, and rose-red, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder or in your binoculars. Females and immatures are streaked brown and white with a bold face pattern and enormous bill. Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands. Listen, too, for their distinctive voices. They sound like American Robins, but listen for an extra.

In leafy woodlands of the East, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak often stays out of sight among the treetops. However, its song -- rich whistled phrases, like an improved version of the American Robin's voice -- is heard frequently in spring and summer. Where the range of this species overlaps with that of the Black-headed Grosbeak on the Great Plains, the two sometimes interbreed.

The rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) is a large, seed-eating grosbeak in the cardinal family (Cardinalidae). It is primarily a foliage gleaner. It breeds in cool-temperate North America, migrating to tropical America in winter. Taxonomy. In 1760 the French zoologist Mathurin Family: Cardinalidae.

The female Purple Finch is frequently mistaken for the female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Far less colorful than the males, these females are very difficult to distinguish from each other. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak winters just south of the U.S. in Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Although it rarely comes to feeders in most of the [ ].