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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

Adult male

Photo © Eric Ellingson | Macaulay Library

Female/immature

Photo © Eric Gofreed | Macaulay Library

Female/immature

Photo © Eric Ellingson | Macaulay Library

Female/immature

Photo © Jerry Ting | Macaulay Library

Adult male

Photo © Robert Hamilton | Macaulay Library

Female/immature

Photo © Richard Bunn | Macaulay Library

Adult male

Photo © Curtis Mahon | Macaulay Library

Song

© Curtis Marantz | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

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.