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Juvenile Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Captured as is last summer in Birds Hill Provincial Park, northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada….Better seen enlarged HERE

Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL T3I w Sigma 150mm-500mm TV 1/160 AV 5.6 ISO 3200 Focal Length 480mm

Bursting with black, white, and rose-red, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder or in your binoculars. Females and immatures are streaked brown and white with a bold face pattern and enormous bill. Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands. Listen, too, for their distinctive voices. They sound like American Robins, but listen for an extra sweetness, as if the bird had operatic training; they also make a sharp chink like the squeak. Both males and females sing a rich, sweetly whistled song. The pattern is similar to an American Robin’s song, composed of many notes that alternately rise and fall. Most people describe the grosbeak’s song as sweeter and more melodious than a robin’s. The song can last 6 seconds and consist of 20 notes or syllables. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are one of few bird species reported to sing while sitting on the nest. The female sings when nest-building, incubating, and brooding. The male often sings quietly from the nest and loudly from other high perches.

To hear their sweet song click HERE..Just turn up the sound and scroll down to their song.

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