Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak Video Clips

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Male)

In May of 2000, we saw our first Rose-breasted Grosbeak. We reported it to Oregon Birders On-Line (OBOL). At that time, it was considered a "rare bird" for Oregon and our non-digital video was placed in Oregon's collection of rare birds. Since that time, the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been seen every year in Oregon.

In 2004, reports of seeing Rose-breasted Grosbeaks feeding young were reported. Even though sightings of female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been reported, it is not known whether the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak mated with a female Rose-breasted or a Black-headed Grosbeak which is very similar in appearance.

Both sexes sing while sitting on the nest. Their singing doesn't allow for secrecy; therefore, they are often parasitized by the Brown-headed Cowbird.