male; rose breast triangle; black head, back (Michigan, USA; 2008-08-08)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Pheucticus ludovicianus

Native Range: North America

Notes: in the USA, the eastern counterpart of the western Black-headed Grosbeak; adult males of these two species look very different, but females and juveniles can be difficult to distinguish; found in hardwood forests.

large conical bill (Michigan, USA; 2008-08-08)

female; stripes above and below the eye (Michigan, USA; 2008-08-08)

juvenile; streaked whitish breast (Michigan, USA; 2008-08-08)

dorsal view of female; buffier underneath (Michigan, USA; 2008-08-08)

female; like a large heavy-bodied sparrow (Michigan, USA; 2008-08-08)

head striping on female distinctive (Michigan, USA; 2008-08-08)

female posing for a portrait (Michigan, USA; 2008-08-08)