PINE GROSBEAK

PINE GROSBEAK (pinicola enucleator)

The Pine grosbeak is part of the finch family. Grosbeaks are larger than finches however, and their bill is impressive. The adult male pine grosbeak has a rosy-red head and back, whereas in the adult female that red is replaced by yellow. The under parts in the female are grey and reddish in the male, with some grey toward the tail. The tail is forked.

Although pine grosbeaks breed on the island, they are considered as rare. The bird usually lives in coniferous forests (hence the name), but in times of food scarcity, they can ‘irrupt’ in large groups in search of food outside their usual areas. Most of the their food is from seeds (from conifers for example) and berries.

Female Pine Grosbeak with holly berry - Winsloe South, PEI - Mar. 12, 2012 - by Don Jardine
Female Pine Grosbeak with holly berry – Winsloe South, PEI – Mar. 12, 2012 – by Don Jardine
Pine grosbeak, male - Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, QC - photo by Cephas
Pine grosbeak, male – Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, QC – photo by Cephas

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