Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak
Scientific Classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family:Fringillidae
Genus:Coccothraustes
Species:vespertinus
Binomial name
Coccothraustes vespertinus

The Evening Grosbeak, Coccothraustes vespertinus, is a large finch.

Adults have a short black tail, black wings and a large pale bill. Adult males have a bright yellow forehead and body; their head is brown and they have a large white patch in the wing. Adult females are mainly olive-brown, greyer on the underparts and have white patches in their wings.

Their breeding habitat is coniferous and mixed forest across Canada and the western mountain area in the United States and Mexico. They nest on a horizontal branch or in a fork of a tree.

Migration of this bird is variable; in some winters, they may wander as far south as the southern U.S.

These birds forage in trees and bushes, sometimes on the ground. They mainly eat seeds, berries and insects. Outside of the nesting season, they often feed in flocks. Sometimes, this bird will swallow fine gravel for the salts.

The range of this bird has expanded far to the east in historical times, possibly due to plantings of Manitoba Mapless and other maples and shrubs around farms and the availability of bird feeders in winter.


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