Go West to See Black-Headed Grosbeaks
If it's spring in the west, fill a feeder with sunflower seeds and you may soon discover a pair of black-headed grosbeaks nesting nearby.
Male and Female Black-Headed Grosbeak
A male has a black head, brownish-orange underparts and bicolored bill, a black and white tail and white wing patches. The female is brown with a striped head, back and sides. Check out the 5 grosbeaks backyard birders should know.
Facts About Black-Headed Grosbeaks
Scientific Name: Pheucticus melanocephalus
Length: 8 inches
Wingspan: 12-1/2 inches
Nest and Eggs
Located in the dense outer foliage of a tree or shrub, the nest is built of natural materials and hair and holds two to five green or blue spotted eggs. Learn about 8 different kinds of bird nests and how to spot them.
What Do Black-Headed Grosbeaks Eat?
Once a rarity at feeders, they’re becoming more and more frequent visitors. They’ll eagerly eat sunflower seeds, as well as insects, seeds and berries from bushes and trees.
Black-Headed Grosbeak Song
This bird makes a hurried, whistled, warbling song, like a nervous robin. They are melodic warblers within their nesting ranges or along their spring migration routes.
Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
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Black-Headed Grosbeak Habitat and Range
Yards with loads of trees attract these birds. This species prefers open oak woods, riversides, canyons and is found primarily in the western half of the United States during summer. In the Great Plains, this species overlaps with the rose-breasted grosbeak.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.