The Pine Grosbeak is the largest of the “winter finches”. It is also one of the rarer species. An infrequent winter visitor to North America, it lives in the sub-arctic and boreal forests in eastern Asia, Scandinavia, and from eastern Canada to western Alaska. The males are red with dark wings and two white wing bars. They are plump and heavy-chested with a large curved bill.
True to his name; the Pine Grosbeak loves the open coniferous forest environment to breed in. He eats mostly the seeds of pine, spruce, juniper and other fruits of the high forest. This bird will show up rarely in the northern U.S., and usually doesn’t stray more than a few miles from its breeding grounds. You are not likely to spot him far from home.
Suggested Feeder Types: Ground or Platform out in the open ,
- Black-oil Sunflower
- Striped Sunflower
- Melon Seeds
- Pine Nuts