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Bird Bio - Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Common Name:

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scientific Name:

Pheucticus ludovicianus


The Rose-breasted Grosbeak stands about 8" high. The male is black and white with a triangular-shaped red breast and white belly, with red wing linings. The female is brown with white eyebrows, streaks on the breast and white wing bars.


The Rose-breasted Grosbeak constructs loosely-made, often flimsy open-cup nests from twigs, leaves and other plant material. Nests are built in deciduous trees or shrubs 5-25 feet above ground. Females lay 3-5 eggs, which are pale blue with irregular brown spots. Incubation lasts 13-14 days, and fledglings leave the nest at 9-12 days old. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks raise one to two broods per season.


The Rose-breated Grosbeak makes its home in deciduous woods, orchards, groves, or semi-open areas. In the Summer they can be found in southern Canada and the eastern and central range of the United States, migrating south in the Winter to Mexico, Peru and the West Inidies.

The diet of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is equally comprised of insects and seeds. In the late Fall, three-quarters of their diet is berries. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are comfortable eating from feeders.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak has no known predators.

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