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The black-headed grosbeak can be seen at bird feeders in the spring and summer. It is a plumpish bird with pretty black and orange markings with irregular white markings on the wings.. The head is all black on the male. The females and juveniles have striped heads - the male juvenile has a black striped head, and the female juveniles look like the female adults. These birds can be seen in the city woodlands and thickets and deciduous or mixed forests in the country west from southern British Columbia to the mountains of Mexico. They spend their winters in Mexico, Central America and South America. . Similar appearing birds are the evening grosbeaks.
These grosbeaks eat insects, seeds, and fruit. They like to forage in trees.
These grosbeaks raise one brood a year in a cup-like nest made of twigs, rootlets and flower heads in the fork of a tree or shrub which the female builds. There are three to four pale green or blusih eggs with brown markings. Both parents incubate the eggs for 11-13 days. The birds fledge in 11-13 days with both parents feedings the young.
The black-headed grosbeak has a robin-like song and a squeaky call that sounds like "eek."
Article and Pictures by Martha Van Natta
Additional information: see Wikpedia - Black-headed Grosbeak