Related to Cardinals
and Finches, Grosbeaks
are Colorful Birds.
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Grosbeaks are large-billed seed-eating birds of the fringillid,
or finch family and of the emberizid family.
Of the fringillid grosbeaks, only two are found in North America:
the relatively small-billed pine grosbeak, of northern coniferous
forests around the world, and the very large-billed evening grosbeak.
The latter species breeds in coniferous forests in Canada and the
northernmost United States, extending in the Rocky Mountains south
to Mexico. It winters irregularly in the United States, in some years
invading in great numbers, occasionally south to northern Florida.
Some cardinaline grosbeaks are entirely tropical. In North America
the best-known species are the rose-breasted grosbeak, of the east,
and its western counterpart, the black-headed grosbeak.
In both the male is strikingly colored: black and white with a
bright-pink breast spot in the former, and black and orange-brown
in the latter. The females look like giant sparrows.
The blue grosbeak is found in the southern United States and Mexico.
Males are rich blue with brown wing bars, and females are dark brown.
Grosbeaks belong to the order Passeriformes.
Types of Grosbeaks include:
Black Headed Grosbeak
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Charming Stuffed Plush Birds
Bird and Grosbeak Calendars