How to Attract Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

How to Attract Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: One of America’s most beautiful birds, the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak prefers to breed in deciduous woodlands where its diet consists of a combination of insects, seeds, and fruits. All three dietary components can be promoted on your property. In addition to the seeds it finds in the wild, like Maple and Elm, the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak will eat Black-Oil Sunflower at bird feeders. In terms of berries, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak like Wild Blackberry, American Elderberry and Wild Cherry. When it comes to nesting, the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak favors Maple, Birch, and Hemlock trees. The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak will use a birdbath.

Overview

Identification:

  • Medium-sized-bird

  • Male: black upperparts, white underparts, rose-colored patch on breast, white patches on wings

  • Female: brown upperparts with white streaking, white underparts with brown streaking.

Habitat:

  • Mature Deciduous Forest - often near water source

  • Open Woodland

  • Winter in South America

Eating Habits:

  • Primarily insects

  • Wild sources of fruit (especially during fall migration)

  • Wild sources of seed

  • Will visit feeders – favor Black-Oil Sunflower Seed

Nesting:

  • Evergreen or deciduous tree, shrub, or sapling

Tops Ways to Attract Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Black-Oil Sunflower     Mature Deciduous Forest     Insect-Friendly Yard     American Elderberry     Birdbath

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

American Elderberry (Nesting, Fruit)     Arrowwood (Fruit)      Aspen (Buds)     Eastern Hemlock (Nesting)     Elm (Seeds)     Hickory (Nut)     Hornbeam (Nesting) Maple (Nesting, Seeds, Insects)     Oak (Insects, Nesting)     Red Mulberry (Fruit)     Serviceberry (Fruit)     Wild Cherry (Fruit)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Pokeweed (Fruit)     Sunflower (Seed)    Virginia Creeper (Fruit)     Wild Blackberry (Fruit)     Wild Grape (Fruit)    

Attracting Rose-Breasted Grosbeak with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:     Ground     Hopper     Platform     Suet     Tube (with Perching Tray at Base)

Feed:     Peanut     Suet     Sunflower Seed