Rose-breasted grosbeaks are a definite sign of spring, especially when you see them perched in a beautiful blooming dogwood. Learn how to attract rose-breasted grosbeaks to your yard, and listen to their song.
Photo: Roland Jordahl
- Scientific Name: Pheucticus ludovicianus.
- Family: Finch.
- Length: 8 inches.
- Wingspan: 12-1/2 inches.
- Distinctive Markings: Male is black and white with a triangle of rose red on his breast. Females are dark brown with white underparts that are streaked like a sparrow.
- Nest: Males and females build loosely constructed nests.
- Song: Long, continuous robinlike whistle.
- Habitat: Trees and shrubs along gardens and parks.
- Diet: Forages in trees for seeds, insects and fruit.
- Backyard Favorites: May come to feeders for sunflower and safflower seeds.
Listen to this bird’s song