Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus


Conservation Status

  • The name “grosbeak” is derived from the French word “grosbec” meaning large beak.
  • Females of the species sing, which is uncommon for songbirds.  
  • Look for rose-breasted grosbeaks in April and May and again in September and October. You’ll hear them more often than see them. Their speedy call is said to sound like a “nervous robin.”
  • The species will sometimes visit birdfeeders with safflower seeds or suets and also likes apple slices and raw peanuts.