Juvenile Rose Breasted Grosbeak
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Bursting with black, white, and rose-red, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder or in your binoculars. Females and immatures are streaked brown and white with a bold face pattern and enormous bill. Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands. Listen, too, for their distinctive voices. They sound like American Robins, but listen for an extra sweetness, as if the bird had operatic training; they also make a sharp chink like the squeak. Both males and females sing a rich, sweetly whistled song. The pattern is similar to an American Robinís song, composed of many notes that alternately rise and fall. Most people describe the grosbeakís song as sweeter and more melodious than a robinís. The song can last 6 seconds and consist of 20 notes or syllables. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are one of few bird species reported to sing while sitting on the nest. The female sings when nest-building, incubating, and brooding. The male often sings quietly from the nest and loudly from other high perches.
Captured last summer in Birds Hill Provincial Park, northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
October 16th, 2013
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