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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scientific name: Pheucticus ludovicianus

The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is stunningly pattered in red, black, and white, and is a fairly common spring migrant and breeder across parts of eastern North America. The female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, in typical songbird fashion, is more subdued in coloration, and is difficult to tell apart from her western relative the female Black-headed Grosbeak.

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks help with incubation during the day, although females do most of the daytime incubating and all nighttime incubating. Nest parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds is low, perhaps because the adult grosbeaks are aggressive in defending their nests.