Creation: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus

Rose-breasted Grosbeak maleThe rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) is a large insect-eating songbird in the cardinal family. It breeds in cool-temperate North America, migrating to tropical America in winter. The rose-breasted grosbeak occurs as a very rare vagrant in western Europe.

Adult birds are 7.1–8.7 in long, span 11–13 in across the wings and weigh 1.2–2.3 oz, with an average of 1.6 oz. The adult male in breeding plumage has a black head, wings, back and tail, and a bright rose-red patch on its breast.

Rose-breasted grosbeak's range in North America

Rose-breasted grosbeak’s range in North America

The rose-breasted grosbeak’s breeding habitat is open deciduous woods across most of Canada and the northeastern USA. To winter, they migrate south through east of the Rocky Mountains, from central-southern Mexico through Central America and the Caribbean to Peru and Venezuela. The southern limit of its wintering range is not well known.

The rose-breasted grosbeak builds a twig nest in a tree or large shrub. It forages in shrubs or trees for insects, seeds and berries, also catching insects in flight and occasionally eating nectar. It usually keeps to the treetops, and only rarely can be seen on the ground.

In general, though it requires mature woodland to breed and is occasionally caught as a cage bird, the rose-breasted grosbeak is not at all rare, and not considered a threatened species by the IUCN. Its maximum lifespan in the wild is 7.3 years.

H/t FOTM’s swampygirl

~Eowyn

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  1. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thank you Dr. E,. for showcasing one of my biggest Springtime joys,,,,Hugs, Swampygirl

     
  2. Pretty bird!

     
  3. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful creation post of the rose-breasted grosbeak. What beautiful colors and formation on this unique bird! Praise be to Our Lord!

     
  4. Ah, sweet bird. But want to know a funny thing? I have never seen those birds expect in a book. XD Seen lots of others, but never this one

     
    • Don’t feel bad Fishy Ninja. I don’t know where you are located but here in N.E. Pa. I DO see them every year but many times for 1 week tops. Also, they like the black oil seed in addition to insects. My feeder is right next to my living room window so I don’t miss much in the bird department.

       

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