Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Rose-breasted Grosbeaks males are black-and-white birds with black heads and backs, white bellies, and red breasts. They also have a flash of red under their wings.

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and immature males are brown with lots of streaking and a flash of yellow under the wings.

  • Pheucticus ludovicianus
  • Length: 7.1-8.3 in (18-21 cm)
  • Weight: 1.4-1.7 oz (39-49 g)
  • Wingspan: 11.4-13.0 in (29-33 cm)


Rose-breasted Grosbeaks breed in northeastern US states, the Midwest, and southern and central Canada. They can be seen during migration in southeastern US states.

Winter is spent in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in many habitats from forests, fairly open areas, parks, and backyards. They eat mainly insects in summer, berries during migration, and a mix of insects, seeds, and grain in winter.

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks Song:


Nests of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks take up to nine days to make from twigs, grass, straw, and other plant material. They lay up to five eggs which take two weeks to hatch, and the young take a further ten days to leave the nest.

Attract Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

Attract them to your backyard with sunflower seeds and peanuts.

Fun fact:

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks actually attack the white parts of rivals rather than the brighter red patch.