Black-headed Grosbeak

black headed grosbeak
Black headed Grosbeak female

Black-headed Grosbeaks are large songbirds with orange breasts and throats and black wings and heads. Females are brown on the back and with brown spots on their pale orange breasts. 

  • Pheucticus melanocephalus
  • Length: 7.1-7.5 in (18-19 cm)
  • Weight: 1.2-1.7 oz (35-49 g)
  • Wingspan: 12.6 in (32 cm)


Black-headed Grosbeaks breed in western US states and migrate to Mexico for the winter.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Black-headed Grosbeaks in habitats with access to water and they often visit backyards. Their large bills are great for crushing seeds and insects such as snails and beetles.

Black-headed Grosbeak Song:


Nests of Black-headed Grosbeaks are made from twigs, pine needles, and other plant material. They are loosely made but lined with softer material, including hair and stems. They lay up to five eggs, which take two weeks to hatch and up to two weeks for the young to leave the nest.

Attract Black-headed Grosbeaks

Attract them to your backyard with sunflower seed feeders. They will also feed on oriole feeders.

Fun fact:

Male Black-headed Grosbeaks court the females by singing while fluttering up and down from a perch with their wings spread to display their coloring.