Habitat and Distribution
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak’s breeding habitat is open deciduous woods across most of Canada and the northeastern USA. In particular the northern birds migrate south through the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, to winter from central-southern Mexico through Central America and the Caribbean to Peru and Venezuela. In winter, they prefer more open woodland such as forest edges, parks, gardens and plantations, ranging from sea level into the hills up to 1500m.
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak forages in shrubs or trees for insects, seeds and berries, also catching insects in flight and occasionally eating nectar.
It builds a twig nest in a tree or large shrub.
Calls and Songs
The song is a subdued mellow warbling, resembling a more refined version of the American Robin. The call is a sharp pink or pick.