2014 Migration: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Today I`m going to highlight a couple of pictures I took during the fall migration, of one of our migratory birds: the Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus).
Panama Birdwatching
This species is monogamous and breeds in the East and Midwest of North America. During winter they migrate to the north of South America. During the winter migration the male molt to a more dull color pattern.

Adult males have an unmistakable black head, throat, back, wings (with two white wing bars and one white spot on the wing, visible during flight), and tail.  Their underparts and rump are white with a bright red chevron that goes from their black neck through to the middle of their breast.  Females and immature males are brown and heavily streaked with white stripe over the eye. A very distinctive field mark for the ID of this bird on flight is the white patches in the wings.

Wildlife PanamaRose-breasted Grosbeaks are most active during the day, but, like many other migratory songbirds, they migrate during the night. If you want to learn more about this amazing bird you can check:

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Pheucticus_ludovicianus/

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