Blue Grosbeak

Passerina caerulea

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Cardinals & Piranga Tanagers (Cardinalidae)

Code 4

BLGR

Code 6

PASCAE

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue Grosbeak has a large breeding range of around 1,550,000 square kilometers and can be found in subtropical and tropical forest, and shrubland ecosystems. It breeds in the southern and central United States, Mexico, and Central America, and winters in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The global breeding population is believed to be about 24 million birds, this species does not meet the criteria for the IUCN Red List, and has an IUCN conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Blue Grosbeak: Large finch, bright purple-blue body, black face, and two wide, brown wingbars. Dark wings, tail. Hops on ground to forage. Gleans from bushes, weeds and trees. Feeds on insects, snails, grains, seeds and fruits. Swift flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Blue Grosbeak: Breeds from California, Idaho, North Dakota, Illinois, and New Jersey southward through much of the United States in into northern Mexico. Winters in the tropics from coastal Mexico and the West Indies south into South America. Preferred habitats include brushy, moist pastures, and roadside thickets.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"pink"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It sometimes uses snakeskin as nesting material, which is thought to thwart predators.
  • It was formerly placed in its own genus, Guiraca. Similarities with buntings in genetics, behavior, molts, and plumages led to its inclusion in the bunting genus Passerina.
  • The Blue Grosbeak was first described in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
  • A group of grosbeaks are collectively known as a "gross" of grosbeaks.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

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Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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