Evening Grosbeak

Coccothraustes vespertinus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

EVGR

Code 6

COCVES

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Evening Grosbeak is a terrestrial bird. This bird species is native to the United States, Miquelon, Saint Pierre, Mexico and Canada. It is also sometimes a visitor to the United Kingdom and Norway. The Evening Grosbeak has a range of nearly 4 million square kilometers. The population is estimated at around 6 million individuals. This bird species is currently evaluated as Least Concern as a result of its large population as well as its large range. The Least Concern rating is a downgraded rating from a prior Lower Risk rating that was issued in 2000.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Evening Grosbeak: Large, stocky finch. The male has a bright yellow back, rump, and underparts. Head is dark brown with heavy, pale bill; bright yellow eyebrows extend onto forehead. Wings are dark with bold white secondary patches; tail is dark. The female and juvenile females are similar, but grayer and with white-tipped tails; secondary wing patch is gray and base of inner primaries are white. Juvenile male resembles female, but have white secondaries. Feeds on insects, buds, sap, seeds, fruits and berries. Swift bounding flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Evening Grosbeak: Breeds from British Columbia east to Newfoundland and south to northern New England, Minnesota, the mountains of Mexico, and California. Spends winters south to California, Texas, and the Gulf Coast states; nests in coniferous forests and visits deciduous woodlands and suburban areas in the winter.

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Evening Grosbeak SONGS AND CALLS

Evening Grosbeak A1

Loud, shrill calls from a large flock visiting a feeder.

Evening Grosbeak A2

Flight calls and trills from a small flock.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"clee-ip", "chirp"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Evening Grosbeaks devour surprising quantities of raw salt.
  • These birds have been observed eating 96 sunflower seeds in five minutes.
  • A group of grosbeaks are collectively known as a "gross" of grosbeaks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Inner primariesX
The inner primaries are a group of feathers closest to the body on the wing of the bird. They are generally covered partially by the secondaries.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X