Yellow Grosbeak

Pheucticus chrysopeplus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Cardinals and Grosbeaks (Cardinalidae)

Code 4

YEGR

Code 6

PHECHR

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Yellow Grosbeak has a large range reaching up to roughly 300,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. This species prefers forested areas in the subtropical and tropical areas including lowlands and mountains. It also appears in deforested areas as well. The global population of this species has not been quantified, but it is referred to as “frequent” in portions of its range. Due to this, population trends for the Yellow Grosbeak have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

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. Alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides.


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.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chee-er, weer-wee-ah", "ieek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Yellow Grosbeak was first described in 1832 by Nicholas Aylward Vigors, an Irish zoologist and politician.
  • The bill is even bigger in proportion to the head than those of its northern relatives.
  • A group of grosbeaks are collectively known as a "gross" of grosbeaks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Yellow Grosbeak

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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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