Black-headed Grosbeak

Left: Male Black-headed Grosbeak. Right: Juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak.
Left: male Black-headed Grosbeak. Right: juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak.

NPS Photos / Rachel Ames

Size: 7-8”
Description: Mostly orange with a black head, black and white wings, and a thick beak. Females and juveniles are paler overall and have white streaks on face and neck.
Migratory Status: Summer residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Breed in ponderosa pine, aspen and foothill riparian forests to 8,000 feet.
Diet: Forage in the understory and canopy, and eat seeds, berries and a wide variety of insects including beetles and snails.

Last updated: June 7, 2018

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