Black-headed Grosbeak

Other Names

Rocky Mountain Grosbeak

Distribution

This migratory bird breeds from southwestern British Columbia through the western half of the United States, into central Mexico.  They are also vagrants further south in Central America.

Description

The Black-headed Grosbeak is similar in size to the Common Starling, with an approximate length of 18-19 cm or 6-1/2 to 7-3/4 inches in length.

The male has a black head. It also has black wings and tail with prominent white patches. Its breast is dark to tawny orange in color. Its belly is yellow.

The female has a brown head, neck and back with sparrow-like black streaks. She also has white streaks down the middle of her head, over her eyes and on her cheeks. Her breast is white and her wings. Her tail is greyish-brown with two white wing bars and yellowish wing edges.

 

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Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Bill Shape
cone
Eats
apple-slices
fruit
millet
peanut-kernels
safflower
suet
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
flying
swimming
walking
Markings
head
streaks
wingbands
Sounds
chirping
harsh call
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
north in summer
north in winter
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
chaparral
fir forest
mesquitebosque
oakpinewoodland
riparianorriverforest
savanna
shrubs
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Urban
Marshes
Color
orange
black
blackandwhite
blue
brown
Body Shape
perching
Size
large
medium
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
cardinals and grosbeaks - cardinalidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern