The Blue Grosbeak is a
denizen of thickets and brushy woodland edges. It is distinguished from
the similar Indigo Bunting by its larger size, larger and thicker bill, and
rust-colored wing-bars. Like many species, they have expanded their range
to the north in recent decades.
Habitat: Prefers brushy low growth for
breeding, preferably in semi-open country. This can include fencelines,
brushy fields, streamside thickets, hedgerows, and woodland edges.
Diet: The summer diet consists of many insects and
spiders, as well as seeds and occasionally snails. The winter diet
consists of a greater proportion of seeds and waste grain, along with
Behavior: Does much of its foraging on the ground,
grabbing insects and seeds from the ground or from nearby foliage, or flying
up to capture insects stirred up by its movements. They will also
forage in brush and undergrowth, and low in trees.
Nesting: June through August
Migration: Summers throughout much of the southern
three-fourths of the U.S. Winters in Mexico and points south.
Bird Feeders: Will attend feeders for many seeds
Conservation Status: Breeding populations have expanded northward
recently. There are also some indications that they've increased in
numbers throughout much of their historical range.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Blue Grosbeak"
Photo Information: May 26th, 2014 - Minnehaha County,
South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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