Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Striking, stocky squeakers.  Common east of the Rockies in summer and migration; winters in Central and South America where they are commonly trapped as cage birds.  Prefers a range of forest and semi-open areas; often attracted to feeders.   Mid-sized and stout, with a thick bill; white wing patches; males have black backs, white bellies, red breasts; females brown and streaked with a contrasty face patch.  Distinct “chink” call sounds like a squeaky sneaker; song similar to American Robin.  Feeds on a mix of insects, seeds and fruit.  Often nest in edge habitats in the crotch of a sapling.  Lifespan up to 12 years.  Population ~ 4.1 million and stable. 

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January 24, 2015