Black-Headed Grosbeak

In the spring in the West, fill a feeder with sunflower seeds (in the shell or out), and you may soon discover a pair of Black-Headed Grosbeaks nesting nearby.

Black Headed Grosbeak

George Harrison Black-Headed Grosbeak

Scientific Name: Pheucticus melanocephalus.
Family: Cardinal.
Length: 8 inches.
Wingspan: 12-1/2 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Male has a black head, brownish-orange underparts and bicolored bill, and a black and white tail and white wing patches. Female is brown with a striped head, back and sides.
Nest: Located in the dense outer foliage of a tree or shrub, the nest is built of natural materials, string and hair and holds two to five green or blue spotted eggs.
Voice:  A hurried, whistled, warbling song, like a nervous robin.
Habitat: Open oak woods, riversides, canyons.
Diet: Seeds, berries and insects.
Backyard Favorites: Sunflower seeds.

Listen to the Black-Headed Grosbeak’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Black-headed Grosbeak Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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Black Headed Grosbeak

George Harrison Black-Headed Grosbeak

Scientific Name: Pheucticus melanocephalus.
Family: Cardinal.
Length: 8 inches.
Wingspan: 12-1/2 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Male has a black head, brownish-orange underparts and bicolored bill, and a black and white tail and white wing patches. Female is brown with a striped head, back and sides.
Nest: Located in the dense outer foliage of a tree or shrub, the nest is built of natural materials, string and hair and holds two to five green or blue spotted eggs.
Voice:  A hurried, whistled, warbling song, like a nervous robin.
Habitat: Open oak woods, riversides, canyons.
Diet: Seeds, berries and insects.
Backyard Favorites: Sunflower seeds.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Black-Headed Grosbeak’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Black-headed Grosbeak Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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