Pine Grosbeak

(Pinicola enucleator)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Pine Grosbeak

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNRN - Unranked Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon migrant and winter visitor in the north half of the state; accidental in the south

Habitat

Breeding: Coniferous forests and forest edges

Migration: Coniferous, deciduous, and mixed woodlands

Size

8 to 10 in length

14½ wingspan

      Photo by Bill Reynolds

Identification

The bill is large, stout, and conical with a hooked tip. The male has a rosy-red head, back, rump, and breast; and gray sides, flank, belly, and undertail coverts. The female has an olive-yellow head and rump; and a gray back, breast, sides flanks, and belly. Both sexes have black wings with two white wingbars; and a short, dark eye line that gives a squinting appearance. Juveniles and some females have russet instead of yellow coloration.

 
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Migration

Mid-October to early April


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Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Superfamily:

Passeroidea

 

Family:

Fringillidae (finches and Hawaiian honeycreepers)

 

Subfamily:

Carduelinae

 
Subordinate Taxa

Alaska Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator alascensis) *

American Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator leucura)

California Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator californica)

Canadian Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator leucura)

European Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator enucleator)

Kadiak Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator flammula)

Kamchatka Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator kamtschatkensis)

Newfoundland Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator eschatosa) *

Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator pacatus)

Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator sakhalinensis)

Queen Charlotte Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator carlottae)

Rocky Mountain Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator montana)

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* Proposed subspecies

Sometimes included with leucra

 
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We, here in NW Minnesota, are experiencing an irruption of Pine Grosbeaks this winter. Along with the Redpolls, these Grosbeaks are out numbering all other bird sightings at feeders in the area.

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Published on Jun 14, 2013

Pine Grosbeaks are tame birds that have a delightful sound, and the males with their purply red hue makes for an even more pleasant sight. It quickly grabbed my attention as it indulged on the dandelion seeds straight out of the puffer balls.

 
     
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Published on Feb 13, 2016

Pine grosbeak in Finland - Haakbek in Finland

More pictures at my website: http://www.birdshooting.nl/index.php/en/

 
     
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Published on Mar 18, 2012

Chomping through sunflower seeds at a feeder.

 
     
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Published on Dec 15, 2015

Three and a half glorious minutes of Grosbeaks at the feeder.

 
     
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12/31/2017

Location: Pennington Co. MN

We, here in NW Minnesota, are experiencing an irruption of Pine Grosbeaks this winter. Along with the Redpolls, these Grosbeaks are out numbering all other bird sightings at feeders in the area.

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