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Black-headed Grosbeak

Scientific name: Pheucticus melanocephalus

Both male and female Black-headed Grosbeaks sing, though the song of the male is more complex. Occasionally, though, the female will sing a full male song, and it is thought that she does this to fool the male into paying more attention to their nest. Both male and female Black-headed Grosbeaks care for the young.

The very large, strong bill of the Black-headed Grosbeak allows it to eat large seeds and insects with hard bodies. Young nestling grosbeaks are fed soft insects, but as they grow they are also fed some plant material such as grain or fruits, as well as harder insects.