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Evening Grosbeak
Coccothraustes vespertinus

Finch-like Birds
Finch-like Birds (Fringillidae)

Size: Length: 18-21.5 cm Wingspan: 33-35 cm

Description: This beautiful, heavy-billed grosbeak is an uncommon year-round resident. The males are easily identified by their dark head, neck, nape and throat. Above the eye, a thick, bright yellow eyebrow line is visible. The remainder of the bird is bright yellow with the exception of the wings and tail. The wings are black with a large white patch. The tail is slightly forked and black. Females are quite drab. The head and throat are gray, and the nape gray with a slight yellow tinge. The breast and belly are dull yellow. The back is gray. The wings and tail are black with some white markings. They use their heavy beaks to crack hard seeds normally collected on the ground. They feed at feeders and are especially fond of sunflower seeds. They nest in conifers or deciduous trees, building a loose nest of twigs, tiny rootlets and bits of bark. Their call is a high pitched "cleep", which creates a wonderful chorus when dozens of birds appear at feeders. The 'evening' in the name reflects early beliefs that they only sang later in the day.

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