Black-Headed Grosbeak

Black-headed grosbeak on a feeder
Black-headed grosbeak. Photo by Hunter Masters on Unsplash
AppearanceThe black-headed grosbeak is a medium-sized bird about 8 1/4″ long. They have orange-cinnamon underparts, a black head, and black-and-white wings. The female is brown above with orange-brown streaks underneath, white eyebrows, and white wingbars.
DietInsects, seeds, buds, and fruit.
Feeder FoodSunflower seeds, nectar.
HabitatOpen woodlands, lowlands as well as in wooded backyards.
NestingThey build a large nest – about 5-7″ in diameter – and place them on the outer branch of a deciduous tree or shrub 6-12′ up. They have 1 brood/season and 2-5 eggs/brood that are green/blue with spots. Incubation is for 12-14 days and fledglings leave the nest at about 10-14 days.

Range Map

Black-headed grosbeak range map.
Black-headed grosbeak range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.