Fauna of Saskatchewan 24

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)

Pheucticus ludovicianus

Location: Science Centre, Regina, SK

Interesting facts:

– Grosbeaks carelessly build their nests in a few days, with little efforts to be secretive. They sing while they build attracting the attention of squirrels, cowbirds, and jays. The nests are of such poor quality that eggs may be visible through the bottom.

– Their voice is similar to that of an American Robin; long whistles and songs. Grosbeaks also call in “chink”-like sounds.

– Rose-breasted grosbeaks breed in the mid-latitudes of central and eastern North America. In the winter they migrate to Mexico, Central America, and northern parts of South America.

– They breed in deciduous or mixed forests. Grosbeaks can be found near forest edges, in suburban areas, parks, near rivers and lakes. They winter in forests at higher elevations; up to 11,000 feet.

– Grosbeaks eat a variety of insects, fruit, seeds and plants. Beetles, ants, bugs, moths, elderberries, raspberries, milkweed, sunflower seeds, juneberries, and flowers may be included in their diet.

– Typical clutch size is one to five eggs. Eggs are pale-green or blue with purplish or reddish-brown specks. Incubation time is eleven to fourteen days.

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