Found in deciduous forests
and groves in the eastern part of the state, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is
probably heard more often than seen. The males sing almost continuously
during courtship, even when fighting other males or when in flight. The
photo to the right depicts the brightly colored male. Additional photos,
including those of a female, can be found at the bottom of the page.
Habitat: Deciduous or mixed forest,
residential areas, groves. Prefers woodland edges or openings, less likely
to be found in unbroken forest.
Diet: Insects, seeds, buds, flowers,
fruits and berries.
Behavior: Forages by moving through foliage of
trees and shrubs, looking for food items. Will also fly out from
perches to snatch insects in mid-air, or hover while taking insects from the
surface of a leaf or branch.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Neotropical migrant, wintering in Mexico,
Central America, and South America. Summer breeding range covers
much of the eastern half of the U.S. except the deep South, as well as parts
of southern and central Canada.
Bird Feeders: Will attend feeders for sunflower seeds
Conservation Status: Numbers appear to be stable.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Rose-breasted Grosbeak"
eNature.com: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Photo Information: May 22nd, 2005 - Perry Nature
Area near Sioux Falls - Terry L. Sohl
Additional Photos: Click on the image chips or
text links below for additional, higher-resolution Rose-breasted Grosbeak photos.