Rose-breasted Grosbeak

About the Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Also known as: Common Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are songbirds named for the dark patch of red on adult male birds, and for their large, seed-crushing beaks. Females have different plumage, resembling large sparrows or drab finches.

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are migratory, breeding across northeastern parts of North America, and wintering in Central America and northern South America.

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks construct flimsy nests in trees or shrubs. Both adult birds share incubation duties.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 10 July 2012
Scientific Name
Pheucticus ludovicianus
  • Passeriformes
  • Cardinalidae
  • Pheucticus
  • P. ludovicianus
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.1 to 8.3 inches
11.4 to 13 inches
1.4 to 1.7 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 玫胸白斑翅雀
Czech (Cesky) dlaskovec růžovoprsý
Danish (Dansk) Rosenbrystet Kernebider
Dutch (Nederlands) Roodborstkardinaal
Finnish (Suomi) punarintakardinaali
French (Français) Cardinal à poitrine rose
German (Deutsch) Rosenbrust-Kernknacker
Italian (Italiano) Beccogrosso pettorosa
Japanese (日本語) ムネアカイカル [muneakaikaru]
Norwegian (Norsk) Rosenbrysttykknebb
Polish (Polski) luszcz strojny
Russian (русский язык) Красногрудый кардинал
Spanish (Español) Piquigrueso Degollado
Swedish (Svenska) Brokig kardinal
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