Black-headed Grosbeak

Cardinals, Buntings, and Allies

Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

Summer

Cardinals, Buntings, and Allies

Black-headed Grosbeak

Daniel Fitzgerald

Black-headed Grosbeak

Daniel Fitzgerald

Found in deciduous, riparian, and pine-oak forests and woodlands; also frequents scrub oak habitats.


Combination of black and cinnamon-orange colors on male are distinctive; note black wings with white markings, which are often flashed in flight. Combination of large beak and striped head pattern is diagnostic of the female. Listen for the sharp, 'eek' call note, which betrays the bird's presence long before it is seen. 


Nests in trees or shrubs. Nest is a cup-shaped structure built mostly from small roots and twigs. Feeds on insects, spiders, fruit and seeds. 

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