Friday, June 20, 2014

Black-Headed Grosbeak

5/5/13 Black-Headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)

This flashy male (the females are drabber) is perched on a Chitalpa tree along the driveway. These seed-eating songbirds frequent the bird feeders and are especially gluttonous when it comes to the sunflower seeds. 


4/29/07 Male Black-Headed Grosbeak.

5/2/07 Female Black-Headed Grosbeak.

4/16/07 Bird feeder extravaganza: A female Black-Headed Grosbeak is below and a male perched above. The reddish guy in the center is a male House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) and the two grayish ones below him are female House Finches. It's something called "sexual dimorphism" in the avian world (i.e, the boys are prettier than the girls). How sexist is that?

5/18/07 A handsome boy on the Engelmann Oak. 

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