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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak is a large seed-eating grosbeak in the cardinal family.

Where I live in mid-western Ontario, the Grosbeak usually shows up in early spring at around the same time as the American Robin.

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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak – Description

The adult male has a black head, wings, back and tail, and a bright rose-red patch on his breast that appears like an inverted triangle. The adult female has dark grey-brown upperparts – darker on wings and tail, a white supercilium, a buff stripe along the top of the head, and black-streaked white underparts, which except in the center of the belly have a buff tinge.

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The photo above is a juvenile male rose-breasted grosbeak which can be easily misinterpreted as a female, however the small amount of red near the breast gives him away. 

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak – Diet

The rose-breasted grosbeak forages in shrubs or trees for insects, seeds and berries, also catching insects in flight and occasionally eating nectar. It usually keeps to the treetops, and only rarely can be seen on the ground.

During the breeding season Rose-breasted Grosbeaks eat a lot of insects, as well as wild fruit and seeds. They mostly feed on berries during fall migration, and on their wintering grounds they have a varied diet of invertebrates and plant material.