Taiga Animals

Pine Grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Seeds
Order: Passeriformes: Perching birds
Size: 20 cm (7 3/4 in)
Family: Fringillidae: Finches Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Pinicola enucleator Habitat: coniferous and mixed forest
Range: Northern Scandinavia, Russia, Asia; Alaska, Canada, Northern USA

Size of Pine GrosbeakA large, long-tailed finch, the pine grosbeak uses its stout, heavy bill to crush the stones of fruit such as cherries and plums; it also feeds on seeds, buds and insects in summer. It finds its food in trees and on the ground and is a strong flier. Male and female differ in plumage, the female being largely a bronzy color.  The nest is usually made in a conifer or a birch tree, and the female lays 4 eggs, which she incubates for 13 or 14 days. The male feeds her during this period and later on helps to feed the young by regurgitating food for them.

Range of Pine Grosbeak
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