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Blue Grosbeak


Passerina caerulea 
Cardinal family (Cardinalidae)

A large seed-eating bird. Large gray conical bill. Male is dark blue overall with two reddish-brown wing bars and black feathers around base of bill. Female is brown overall, dark wings and tail, occasional blue feathers on upper parts, and two brownish wing bars.

Habitat:
Open meadows, forest edges.

Nesting:
Compact deep nest, placed 3 to 8 feet above the ground in a low tree or shrub, typically at the edge of an open area. Eggs are pale blue. Clutch size – 3 to 5 eggs.

Voice:

Song is a warbled phrase of musical notes.  Call is a loud “chink”.

Name Origin:

The genus name Passerina is from the Latin for “sparrow-like.”  The species name caerulea is from the Latin for “blue.”  The common name “grosbeak” is from the French for "large beak."

In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant. Blue Grosbeaks have consistently been observed in the open meadows along the Quarry Trail on the northwest side of the Quarry Pond.

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