Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Male

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
(Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Cardinalidae

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Photo © Brian Lasenby

Rose-breasted Grosbeak Information

Length:  7 - 8.5"

Habitat:  Deciduous or mixed forests, orchards, groves, swamp borders, shrubs at the edge of fields, wooded residential areas with shrubs. Favors edge habitats or woodlands with a mixture of dense brush (or shrubs) and trees.

Diet:  Seeds; tree buds and flowers; insects, including beetles and caterpillars; spiders; wild berries and fruits.

   Songs of Rose-Breasted Grosbeak


(Other birds in background)
Audio credit: Paul Marvin, Xeno-Canto [CC NC SA 4.0]

"Chink" calls, song

(Other birds in background)
Audio credit: Tayler Brooks, Xeno-Canto [CC NC SA 4.0]

From Cornell Lab:

More songs and calls of Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    Photo of Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Nest

Additional Information

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Description, range, habitat, songs and calls, identification tips, and behavior. Includes photos, illustration with field marks, and range map. (From

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Cephas [CC BY-SA 3.0], via WC

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Identification Tips

  • Large, conical, pale bill
Adult male
  • Rosy-red, triangular breast patch
  • Black head and upperparts
  • White underparts
  • White patches in wing
  • White spots in black tail
  • Rosy-red wing linings
  • Male in Fall and Winter is duller, browner
  • Immature male similar to adult male in Fall and Winter but duller
Adult female
  • Black and white crown stripes
  • White underparts with extensive streaking
  • Dark gray upperparts
  • Yellow to yellowish-orange wing linings
  • Immature female similar to adult female

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Rose-breasted Grosbeak Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Range Maps from Cornell

Rose-breasted Grosbeak breeding, migration and nonbreeding range

Includes separate map of sightings.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Christmas Bird Count Map

Historical CBC Map from USGS