Yellow Grosbeak is related to the Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Black-headed
Grosbeak found in the United States. However, it is found in western
Mexico and Guatemala, and is only a very rare stray to the United States,
where individual birds have been sighted in southern Arizona a number of
times. In the U.S. it has only been seen a scant handful of times
outside of Arizona. They are occasionally kept as captive birds, so
occasional (but extremely rare) sightings away from Arizona may represent
Habitat: Found in semi-open habitat with brush and
thickets, typically a semi-open woodland or scrubland.
Diet: Feeds on seeds, fruits, and berries, as well
as insects and spiders.
Nesting: The nest of a Yellow Grosbeak is built in
a bush or in a small tree, and consists of a small cup built of twigs,
leaves, grasses, and leaves. Both parents help to incubate the eggs, and
both parents tend to the young upon hatching.
Song: Song of the Yellow Grosbeak is a series of
sweet, slow whistles.
Migration: Considered a permanent resident
throughout most of their range. However, there is a slight range
expansion to the north during the summer breeding season.
Similar in structure to other grosbeak species, but brilliant yellow plumage
makes them a bird unlikely to be confused with another species.
Conservation Status: Overall population trends
appear to be decreasing in their native range, but they are still relatively
common and widespread.
IUCN lists the Yellow Grosbeak as a species of "Least Concern".