April 30, 2021
Conservation Status: Special Concern
How to identify Evening Grosbeak:
- large finch
- thick bill used to break open seeds
- high pitch chirps and calls!
Where do they live and what do they eat?
- Coniferous forests feeding primarily on invertebrates - such as the spruce budworm
- In summer they eat insects and larvae from treetops and in winter, they feed on seeds, berries and fruit.
Surprisingly, they also have an appetite for road salt. Because of this, collisions with vehicles have threatened their population. Other threats include: window collisions, pesticide use to control spruce budworm populations and climate change.
***Photo credit: Celine Bellemare***