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Female Evening Grosbeak 9


Female Evening Grosbeak 9
Photo Information
Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-21 21:57
Viewed: 3151
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
TAXONOMY

Coccothraustes vespertinus Cooper, 1825.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Grosbec errant; German: Abendkernbeißer; Spanish: Picogordo Vespertino.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The evening grosbeak has a body length of about 7–8.7 in (18–22 cm) and weighs about 2.1 oz (60 g). It has a rather stout body, a short tail, and a stout yellow beak. The male is bright yellow, with black wings with a large white wing-patch, a black tail, and a black crown on the top of the head. Females are a duller gray and brown pattern, with white wing-patches.

DISTRIBUTION

The evening grosbeak inhabits the southern boreal forest and montane forest regions of North America. The range includes Canada, the western United States, and northern Mexico. They may winter in the breeding range or wander extensively, particularly to the east and south of the breeding range. They periodically irrupt from the usual wintering areas and may then be abundant in areas where they are not commonly seen.

HABITAT

Evening grosbeaks breed in mixed conifer forest, but may winter in more open habitats.


BEHAVIOR

Evening grosbeaks are highly social birds, especially during the non-breeding season when they may occur in large flocks. The territorial song is a repeated chirp-like call.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Evening grosbeaks feed mainly on tree seeds, but also frequent winter feeding sites to get sunflower seeds. Their diet also includes insects, buds, sap, fruits, and berries.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Breeding pairs are monogamous and nest in colonies. The female builds a frail, cup-shaped nest of twigs, grass, moss, roots, and pine needles on a horizontal tree branch far out from the trunk about 20–60 ft (6–18 m) above the ground. She incubates three to five pale blue to bluish eggs spotted with gray, purple, or brown for 11–14 days. The male feeds the incubating female. The altricial young are brooded by the female and fed by both sexes. They fledge in 13–14 days. One to two broods per year.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. The evening grosbeak is a widespread and abundant species and may be increasing in abundance and range.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Evening grosbeaks flock to areas infested with spruce budworm to breed and raise their young. (If an evening grosbeak were to get all its daily energy from budworm larvae it would eat 1,000 a day.) Because of its appetite for this destructive pest, the evening grosbeak is considered a beneficial bird.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-21 23:29]

Hello jeanpaul

A beautiful grosbeak.The colours are well saturated and the lighting is excellent.The composition is lovely,and in a natural setting.Well done.TFS

Rob

Preciosa captura Jeanpaul. Muy bien centrada con un colorido excelente. Buen BG y POV.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Jeanpaul,
Good shot. Excellent sharpness. A beautiful bird depicted.
Well done
TFS
Annick

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-22 7:26]

Hi JeanPaul,
Your capture has great details and colors as always, thanks for sharing.
Rick

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-22 11:10]

Hello Jean Paul
A beautiful bird this "Picogordo vespertino" (I didn't know it), and beautiful perch.
Excellent sharpness, dof, colors and lighting.
And I like a lot the pov and composition.
Good job.
Best wishes
Maite

The face is slightly into darkness, JP. Other than that, it is a lovely picture of this female Grosbeak.
TFS and bye.
Ram

Very well done. Excuse in shortness. TFS. Stev

hello JEAN PAUL vraiment on remarque qu' une femelle est quand même belle !!!!!!!!! (humour)
tres jolie prise, belles couleurs nettes
bravo encore merci
edith

Salut,
Belle couleurs saturées mais le visage est dans les ombres. Belle netteté du plumage et bonne profondeur de champs.
Eric

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de ce Gros bec errant, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.

Pierre

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