Ed Golson Outdoor Education

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scientific Name: Pheucticus ludovicianus

Description:  These birds commonly have different appearances between the two sexes.  The male has a red breast with a black upper body and white below.  The female has no red breast, but she is gray on the top of her body and white below with extensive streaking.  Their call is like that of an American robin, but is more melodious. 



Habitat : These birds enjoy living in moist woodlands near open fields contai ning tall shrubs.  Another spot they tend to live in is older orchards.  They make a nest of twigs, grass, and plant fibers on lower branches of trees. 

Feeding:  Some people consider these birds beneficial to humans because of what they eat.  These birds eat the potato beetles in farmers' fields.  Other things they eat are seeds, fruits, and buds.

Click to hear the rose-breasted grosbeak.

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