Though the female usually builds the nest, some pairs share the work, and both incubate. If a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak pair raises a second brood, the male may take charge of the first while his mate sits on the new eggs.
Scientific Name: Pheucticus ludovicianus.
Length: 8 inches.
Wingspan: 12-1/2 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Male is black and white with a triangle of rose red on the breast. Female is brown and white with a striped breast and a dark cheek patch.Nest: Pairs build a loosely constructed nest; the female lays up to five bluish or greenish speckled eggs.
Voice: Song is a long, continuous robinlike whistle.
Habitat: Deciduous and mixed woods, also well-wooded residential areas and parks.
Diet: Tree seeds, insects and fruit.
Backyard Favorites: Sunflower and safflower seeds.