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Rosebreasted Grosbeak - Pheucticus ludovicianus

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Size: 7-8"

Males are black on top, white on the bottom with white wing patches and rose-red on breast.
Females are brown on top, gray below with brown streaks and yellow wing linings.

Voice: like the robin, but softer

Range: Breed in areas around the Great Lakes into British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Also as far south as the mountains of northern Georgia

This bird is supposed to be easy to spot in early spring before the trees leaf out, but we have only had the fortune to spot one male that stopped by for a drink of water in 1998. Female Rosebreasted Grosbeaks seem more common and we actually photographed two of them. Still, these birds are at the top of our list of the most beautiful birds.

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