Yellow Grosbeak

Pheucticus chrysopeplus




Cardinals & Piranga Tanagers (Cardinalidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Light blue or green with flecks of brown and gray

Number of Eggs:

2 - 5

Incubation Days:

11 - 12

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

In bush or tree at mid levels.

Nest Material:

Sticks and grass with lining of finer materials.





Yellow Grosbeak: Large finch, yellow overall with black streaks on back. Bill is large and triangular with black upper mandible and gray lower mandible. Black wings have two white bars and black tail coverts have bold white tips.

Range and Habitat

Yellow Grosbeak: Found in western Mexico and Guatemala. Only a very rare stray to the United States, where individual birds have been sighted in southern Arizona a number of times. They are sometimes kept as captive birds, so occasional sightings away from Arizona may represent escaped captives. Found in semi-open habitats with brush and thickets, typically a semi-open woodland or scrub-land.

Breeding and Nesting

Yellow Grosbeak: Two to five gray-and-brown flecked, light green or blue eggs are laid in a nest made of sticks and grass, lined with finer materials, and built in a bush or tree at mid-level. Incubation ranges from 11 to 12 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Yellow Grosbeak: Eats mainly seeds, but also insects, berries, and fruits. Forages low to high in trees and at times on the ground.

Readily Eats

Safflower, Apple Slices, Suet, Millet, Peanut Kernels, Fruit


Yellow Grosbeak: Song is a trilled, melodic "chee-er, weer-wee-ah", with back-and-forth robin-like phrases, similar to a Black-headed Grosbeak. Call is metallic nasal "ieek."

Similar Species

Yellow Grosbeak: Flame-colored Tanager female is smaller with slender, pointed bill, and yellow-green underparts.

Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
Tail covertsX
The short tail feathers covering the base of the long tail feathers.
Upper mandibleX
The upper part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X