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Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)


Photo © Mike Wisnicki

Black-headed Grosbeak eggs

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Black-headed Grosbeak nest

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Breeding adult male

Photo © Mike Wisnicki

Breeding adult male

Photo © Keith Alderman

Adult female

Photo © Mike Wisnicki

Adult female

Photo © Ganesh Jayaraman

Breeding adult male

Photo © Ganesh Jayaraman

Chit call

© Randolph S. Little

Song

© William R. Fish

Tswee-ah calls

© Robert C. Stein

Alarm/distress call

© Geoffrey A. Keller

Female song

© Robert C. Stein

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

forest

river

Substrates

Live Tree Branch

Bush or Shrub

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cup

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

2
5

Nest Height

12 ft
6 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

12-14
days

Brooding Period

10-14
days

Useful Hints

  • Black-headed Grosbeak nests are widely reported to be so thinly constructed that eggs can be seen through the bottom.
  • The male Black-headed Grosbeak shares about equally with the female in incubating eggs and feeding young.
  • Nests are typically placed in the outer branches of a small deciduous tree or bush near a stream.