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Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

Black-headed Grosbeak
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 8 in. (21 cm)
This species nests commonly in riparian forests and low to mid-elevation pine-oak woodlands. Its relatively large nest is made of twigs and rootlets, and usually is placed high off the ground. The Black-headed Grosbeak uses its massive bill to open seeds and nuts, but it also feeds on insects during the summer. The four-digit banding code is BHGR.
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copyright Herbert Clarke

Chaparral
Chaparral

Fir forest
Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Urban city
Urban city

Savanna
Savanna

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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