Rose-breasted Grosbeak — Pheucticus ludovicianus

Order Passeriformes
Family Cardinalidae
Genus Pheucticus
Species ludovicianus

The male is black and white, with a large triangle patch of rose-red on the breast. In flight, a pattern of white flashes across the black plumage. The female is streaked with brown looking like a large sparrow. Both adults have a large bill. This species is usually found in deciduous woods, orchards and thickets. They are known to frequent bird feeders and feast on sunflower seeds. They nest in Canada south to Maryland and down through the mountains to Tennessee, wintering in Mexico.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
© Diane Lepkowski

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