Rose-breasted Grosbeak

(Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Conservation Status
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Photo by Ramona Abrego
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

7 to 8½ in length

12½ wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Deciduous and mixed forests with shrubs

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late April to late October

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Cardinalidae (cardinals and allies)  
 

Genus

Pheucticus (cardinal-grosbeaks)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Bobbi Johnson

 
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Ramona Abrego

 
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Aleesha Saul

 
 

First sighting this year.

 
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Gerry Garcia

 
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Connie H.

 
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Sarah Z

 
 

Beautiful male on my backyard feeder this morning. First spring I’ve had grosbeaks. Love them.

 
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Trisha

 
 

Gross beak

 
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Bill Reynolds

 
 

Male

 
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Female

 
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Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
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JMC Nature Photos
 
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The Music of Nature
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jun 17, 2010

You can imagine my delight at capturing this video portrait of a singing male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. What's more, he's a very pretty specimen! The male's lilting musical carol has been compared to the song of "a Robin who took singing lessons."

© 2010 Lang Elliott
musicofnature.org

   
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak Portrait
ebirdr
 
   
 
About

Published on Jun 10, 2012

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a common bird in Canada west of Rockies and eastern U.S. Deciduous forests near open fields, second growth, suburbs, orchards, feeders.

It has a huge white bill. The male has a black head and back with a bright red breast, white underparts and rump. The wings have white bars. In flight the underwings show white patch and red wingpits. The female looks somewhat like a large sparrow. It is brownish and heavily streaked. with a white eyebrow stripe.

The song is very Robin-like only more melodious.

   
  Rose Breasted Grosbeak Male Close up
seahue
 
   
 
About

Published on May 4, 2011

I was leaning out the window to film the wood thrush and the catbird when I heard a fluttering of wings to my left. As I panned slowly towards the sound....

   
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak in full song
revalkit
 
   
 
About

Published on Apr 21, 2012

Video shot in East Lake View, Chicago on 4/21/12

   
  Grosbeak Mother and Daughter
seahue
 
   
 
About

Published on Jul 10, 2012

The rose breasted grosbeak population has been thriving...every year I see more and more of them...this is the first time I've filmed a young one:)

Music mix by Numeron. From CCMIXTER. Titled 'Melted Heart Of Steel'.

http://ccmixter.org/files/Numeron/38103
http://ccmixter.org/files/Javolenus/37167

   
       

 

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  Bobbi Johnson
7/10/2021

Location: Silver Bay, MN

seen in our yard

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  Ramona Abrego

Location: Washington County

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 
  Aleesha Saul
5/14/2019

Location: Dassel, MN

First sighting this year.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 
  jmeyer
5/14/2020

Location: 23 miles w/o Minneapolis

Black oil sunflower seed feeder: one sighting of a male two days ago and at least six today, three females and three males for sure. It was difficult to count because they were so active. Wondering if they are migrating through?

  Michelle
5/13/2020

Location: Maplewood, MN.

We just had our first sighting of a male rose-breasted grosbeak at our sunflower seed feeder.

  Tammy Reinke
5/8/2020

Location: Grant, Minnesota (near Stillwater)

Male and female eating black-oil sunflower seeds at platform feeder

  Rick E.
5/5/2020

Location: Mantorville Mn...

Beautiful male

  Fogerty
5/26/2019

Location: Eden Prairie

Saw at feeder. First sighting for me.

  Gerry Garcia
5/12/2019

Location: West Bloomington, MN

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 
  Coffee Goddess
5/10/2018

Location: Mazeppa MN

3 males and 1 female in platform feeder

  Connie H.
5/10/2018

Location: Andover, MN

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 
  Sarah Z
5/9/2018

Location: Lakeville, MN

Beautiful male on my backyard feeder this morning. First spring I’ve had grosbeaks. Love them.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 
  Plato
5/9/2018

Location: Fergus Falls MN

Several Males and a female – so beautiful!

  Kathie
5/8/2018

Location: West St Paul

male has made many visits to the feeder over the past 3 days

  Vicki
5/2/2018

Location: My back yard platform feeder in Prior Lake, MN

I’ve never seen one at our feeder in the 3 years we’ve lived here.

  Trisha
12/6/2016

Gross beak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 
  Bill Reynolds
10/5/2013

Female

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 
  Bill Reynolds
5/21/2011

Male

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 
           
 
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Banning State Park

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