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Home Backyard Bird Guide America's Top Backyard Birds America's Top Backyard Birds - Eastern North America Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Bird Food Preferences

Black-oil sunflower, striped sunflower, and sunflower hearts

Bird Feeder Preferences

Hopper and platform

Plants to Attract

Woody Plants: Blackberry, elderberry, juneberry, mulberry, and raspberry


During the breeding season, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are found in the northeast United States and parts of Canada.  They can be seen in mature deciduous forests including parks and gardens.  Rose-breasted Grosbeaks migrate to Central and South America for the winter.  

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are between seven and eight inches in length and weigh on average 1.5 ounces.  Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are sexually dimorphic, which means the male and female of the same species differ in appearance.  Males have black heads and bodies with white underparts.  They have a red triangle on their chests, black and white wings, and white rumps.  Females have brown-streaked bodies.  Their heads and wings are brown and they have white eyestripes.

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks create a cup-shaped nest in a shrub or tree.  They make very thin nests with sticks and grass, and line it with twigs or hair.  Both the male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks incubate the eggs. 

Similar Species

Black-headed Grosbeak and Purple Finch


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