GROSBEAK is a chunky, bright-coloured songbird related to FINCHES or SPARROWS. With its strong, stubby bill it cracks open the hard seeds that form a significant part of its diet. Four species occur in BC. The black-headed grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) is yellow-brown in colour with a black head and wings. It occurs in wooded valleys in the southern half of the province. The rose-breasted grosbeak (P. ludovicianus) is found most commonly in deciduous forests in the northeast corner of...

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