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Black-headed Grosbeak ~ Male (breeding) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken from a Canon Powershot SX10IS in my backyard, Marana, Arizona during my R&R weekend.


Black-headed Grosbeaks nest in most deciduous and mixed wooded habitats away from southwestern deserts. It is partial to oak and pine-oak habitats but also occurs in riparian lowlands with cottonwoods and dry pinyon-juniper slopes. This species preys in insects, including butterflies, and eats berries and seeds. Migrants may turn up in any wooded habitat.

Casual during migration and winter to the Midwest and Est. BNlack0headed hybridizes occasionally with Rose-breasted in range overlap on the Great Plains.

VOICE
SONG and CALLS similar to Rose-breasted Grosbeak but slightly higher; song more rapid, less flowing

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Black-headed Grosbeak is one of the few birds that can safely eat the poisonous monarch butterfly.
  • Their nests are so thinly constructed that eggs can be seen through the bottom. However, nests are less thin in northern California. Thin nests may provide ventilation and help keep them cool.
  • They hybridize with their eastern counterpart, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, along their mutual boundary. This situation arose when the treeless prairies, which once formed a barrier between the two, became dotted with towns and homesteads, providing suitable habitats for both species.
  • A group of grosbeaks are collectively known as a “gross” of grosbeaks.

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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful detailed capture Kimberly, definitely a new one for me, well documented, and an inst fave for sure!!!

  • I would have loved more detail to be honest, but I am happy with the shot. I don’t see them very often in my backyard so I had to get what I could of this little beaut!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    It’s always great to see an infrequent visitor like this in one’s backyard …
    hopefully he’ll be back to visit you again.

  • I will agree, it was a cool sight to see and to be able to capture it, absolutely. Thank you for that.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterabout 4 years ago

    What a nice setting for this beautiful guy! Great image! Dee

  • The setting is in a watering basin I have set up in my desert willow tree bed filled by the dripper. He was quite content in there. Other than the weed, lol, I agree. Thank you Diane!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    What a beauty, surrounded by his bits of color!

  • Yes the colors do kinda set him off, don’t they. Thank you Ma’am…..

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Kimbery! I love this little bird!!! Great colors!

  • Oh Lisa, thank you so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Newton
    Kathy Newtonabout 4 years ago

    Neat colors, great shot Kimberly !

  • Thank you again Kathy!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Micci Shannon
    Micci Shannonabout 4 years ago

    Very nice shot Kimberly! Hope you get to see more there.

  • It would be great, but I am happy to have seen one at all..lol, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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