Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Genus: Pheucticus
Species: ludovicianus


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Blythe, California
Riverview, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Yankeetown, Florida
Austell, Georgia
Jesup, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Anna, Illinois
Baylis, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Chesterton, Indiana
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Martinsville, Indiana
Pella, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Dixfield, Maine
Wiscasset, Maine
Pikesville, Maryland
Hubbardston, Massachusetts
North Billerica, Massachusetts
Jenison, Michigan
Paw Paw, Michigan
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Anoka, Minnesota
Britt, Minnesota
Grand Portage, Minnesota
Monticello, Minnesota
Morris, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Brookline, New Hampshire
Merrimack, New Hampshire
Flemington, New Jersey
Mahwah, New Jersey
Guilford, New York
Norfolk, New York
Rochester, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pembina, North Dakota
Guysville, Ohio
Albion, Pennsylvania
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Crossville, Tennessee
Johnson City, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Crosby, Texas
Mission, Texas
Spring, Texas
Tilden, Texas
Essex Junction, Vermont
Broad Run, Virginia
Mechanicsville, Virginia
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Members' Notes:


On May 1, 2022, Melisajane from Louisville, KY wrote:

I live in Louisville, Ky. I have 6 sets of these beautiful birds! I am originally from northern IN where these birds would nest. I have seen on the migration map that they do not nest here, but they have been here for more than 2 weeks! I am hoping they stay here!


On Aug 21, 2019, AmyInNH from Brookline, NH wrote:

I only see these in spring, early in the day, at the sunflower feeder. They look to be babies the parents are bringing, very dark shiny eyes, not the least intimidated as I walk up to the feeder, while the parents fly off.


On May 21, 2012, Peter61835 from Yankeetown, FL (Zone 4a) wrote:

Hundreds of these birds pass through my property each spring staying only long enough to empty the seed feeders and permit me the opportunity to enjoy their beauty before they continue their trek north.


On May 3, 2012, DoreneAmos from Jenison, MI wrote:

Spring 2011 several males visited my feeder with the expensive feed that attracts song birds. They returned along with females for a few days and then moved on. As of May 3, 2012 haven't seen them at my feeders. Jenison Michigan


On Jul 1, 2011, hydey6 from Corunna, IN wrote:

I had two sets visit my feeders this spring and didn't know what they were at the time. They stayed about a month and moved on. The males arrived first then the females about two weeks later. They ate thistle and sunflower seeds. Living in Indiana, I presumed they moved north because I haven't seen them since late April. They were abit aggressive, chasing off the finches from the feeders. But I enjoyed watching them and I hope they stop back again.


On May 29, 2011, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks. . .They are wonderful, beautiful birds!!

They're gentile & non-aggressive, very willing to share the feeders with other birds & just a joy to have around.

I look for them every year. They usually show up in our area around the same time as the Indigo Buntings & Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds.

I've found their favorite feeder foods to be Black Oil Sunflower Seeds & Safflower Seeds. They also eat lots of the harmful insects that we'd all rather not have around.

One of the males has recently developed quite a taste for the Grape Jelly I put out for the Orioles, although he hasn't shown any interest in the sugar water in the Oriole or Humminbird feeders.

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On Feb 15, 2010, Rigrish from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Last spring was the first time we had seen this bird at our feeders. I counted a total of 4 here at the same time. I hope they make a return visit this year. They are beautiful.


On Jul 5, 2009, GoPogo from North Billerica, MA wrote:

2009 is the first year I've seen the RBGB stay in our yards (in Mass. and Maine) since 2004 so we're thrilled. They come to our feeders many times/day. Hubby calls this the "parrot of New England".


On May 27, 2009, jpakish from Chesterton, IN wrote:

A beautiful bird...........and he and his mate almost always come to our bird feeder together. Real soul mates!


On May 19, 2009, grammie53 from Guilford, NY wrote:

I was excited to see this bird at my birdfeeder. I have been feeding birds for many years and this was the Rose-breasted Grosbeak I have seen at my feeder.