ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK – (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
The Rose-breasted grosbeak male is striking with its large bright deep pink (carmine red) reversed triangle on the breast, hence its name. This colorful patch extends in a narrow band down the middle of the breast. It is a large grosbeak at about 20 cm (8 in.) long, with a large bill fit for opening seeds with shells such as sunflower. This is one reason it is attracted bird feeders. The word ‘ludovicianus’ in the Latin name refers to Louisiana.
The male rose-breasted grosbeak has black upper parts and white under parts, side from the red triangle. The wings have white bands. The bill is light-colored and the legs and feet are grey. The female is brown above with brown and light-colored bands on the head and across the eyes. The under parts are creamish with light brown steaks across the breast. This bird is part of the Cardinal family.
The rose-breasted grosbeak forages in deciduous forests, usually near the top of trees. It feeds on insects in addition to seeds and berries. This bird’s breeding habitat is located in the mid-latitudes of Canada and the eastern half of the USA. It winters mainly in Central America. The rose-breasted grosbeak breeds on PEI and is common.