Crimson-collared Grosbeak

Crimson collard Grosbeak
Credit: By Richard Crossley

The Crimson-collared Grosbeak is a medium-sized, stocky bird. The male is remarkably striking with its black hood and bright crimson, sometimes pinkish-red collar and shoulders. Its belly is dotted with black.

The female also has a black hood but has a greenish/yellowish body.  

  • Rhodothraupis celaeno
  • Length: 8.0 – 9.25 inches (20.2 – 23.5 cm)
  • Weight: 2.1 oz (60g)


Crimson-collard Grosbeaks live in northeastern Mexico, and they sometimes wander up to southern Texas.

Habitat And Diet

You can find the Crimson-collared Grosbeak in humid or semi-dry forested areas, woodland edges, and dense, brushy thickets. 

As it keeps itself hidden under dense cover when foraging, it is hard to know exactly what the Crimson-collared Grosbeak eats. However, it is highly probable that it feeds on fruits and berries, leaves, and insects. 

Crimson-collard Grosbeak Song:


Nests of Crimson-collared Grosbeaks are made out of grasses and twigs, usually built on a bush, shrub, or low tree.  They lay three eggs, but not much else is known about their young.