Pine Grosbeak

General description.

Additionally, the "Pine Grosbeak" has a strongly curved black bill and streaking on its back. His dusky tail is notched. He looks like a large, stout finch; very tame and slow moving, allowing close approach because in the wilderness, they have not learned to fear man.

Female appearance.

The female "Pine Grosbeak" has a yellow head and rump and gray back and underparts.

Juvenile appearance.

The young "Pine Grosbeak" resembles the female, only with red tinges on head and rump.

Breeding habits.

The "Pine Grosbeak" frequents mainly brushy clearings and the coniferous forest edges of Northern Alaska to Newfoundland, south in the western mountains to central California and central New Mexico, and east to central Ontario and northern New Hampshire, south to Virginia.

Calls or song.

This grosbeak utters a three note whistle rendered as "pee-lee-jeh pee-lee-ju." While foraging in flocks they vocalize with quiet chittering sounds.

Population and distribution.

Not strictly migratory, the "Pine Grosbeak" may spend the winter in or near his breeding area. In the United States, you may see them descend on beeches, ash, red cedars and other trees and bushes, gathering the last nuts and fruit.

Nesting habits.

The "Pine Grosbeak" makes a bulky nest of grasses, rootlets and moss, lined with hair. This is placed low in a coniferous tree no more than ten feet from the ground. Here the female lays two to five pale blue-green blotched eggs.
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