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Pine Grosbeak

Scientific name: Pinicola enucleator

The Pine Grosbeak is a large finch found at high latitudes and in western mountain ranges. Its winter irruptions into other areas are infrequent and relatively small in area. Territorial while nesting, the Pine Grosbeak often occurs in flocks during the rest of the year, but does not normally associate with other bird species.

During the nesting season, Pine Grosbeaks develop a pouch in their lower jaw that is used to carry food back to the nest. The young birds are fed a regurgitated mixture of insects and plant foods. As adults, Pine Grosbeaks often return to the same breeding and wintering areas each year.