The Blue Grosbeak is a small migratory songbird. They spend the winter in Central and South America, while breeding across parts of the southern US and northern Mexico.
Male Blue Grosbeaks, like our cute original Birdorable illustration, have beautiful plumage of bright blue accented by chestnut-colored wing bars. Females are mostly brown. Both have heavy bills.
Details & Statistics
The Blue Grosbeak is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.