Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Flashy, shy singer. Uncommon in western half of the US. Timing: summer. Prefers mixed woodlands and edges at many altitudes. Medium and chunky with a thick, stout bill; plumage is dimorphic/orange-black-white and . Eats monarchs, which are poisonous to most birds. Male and female share incubating and feeding of young . Male performs nuptial display flights. Both male and female defend territory and sing. Diet includes insects (especially beetles) including monarchs, fruit, seeds; sunflower feeders; often hard to see due to foraging in canopy or dense understory. Oldest wild individual recorded was 11; one captive bird lived to 25. Population ~ 12 million and stable