Yellow Grosbeak

Yellow Grosbeak
Credit: Arjan Haverkamp

Yellow Grosbeaks are medium-sized birds with gray-black bills that seem too big for their bodies.  The male’s head, chest, and belly are a bright, solid yellow color, with black wings dotted with white markings.

Females have a more subdued color, sometimes even olive-hued on the head and the rest of the body, while the wings are gray with white tips. 

  • Pheucticus chrysopeplus
  • Length: 8.5 – 9.4 inches (21.5 – 24 cm)
  • Weight: 2.2 oz (62g)


Yellow Grosbeaks live on the Pacific side of Mexico and into southern US states.

Habitat And Diet

You can find the Yellow Grosbeak in tropical forests, woodlands, and shade-coffee plantations feeding on seeds, fruits, and berries. They also feast on insects. 

Yellow Grosbeak Song


Nests of Yellow Grosbeaks are commonly built on mid-level trees or in dense bushes. They are made using grass and sticks with other fine materials for lining them. The female lays around up to five eggs that incubate for about two weeks. 

Attract Yellow Grosbeaks

Attract them to your background by leaving sunflower seeds, apple slices, and peanut kernels in your bird feeders.