Blue Grosbeak (male)
Family: (Cardinalidae) Cardinals and Allies
Preferred Habitat: Woodlands, hedgerows
Seasonal Occurrence: Common in spring and fall; lesser numbers in summer.
Notes: Plumage colors for males and females of this family, which includes cardinals, grosbeaks and buntings, are very different. In the case of the Blue Grosbeak, the male is a brilliant blue with cinnamon wing-bars. Females are a soft brown; wing-bars are not as prominent and a lighter brown; their rumps are tinged with blue. Immature males resemble females with patches of blue feathers. Blue Grosbeaks are sometimes confused with Indigo Buntings, but note the grosbeak's larger size, wing-bars, and much thicker bill. Blue Grosbeaks breed on the Upper Texas Coast.
- Susan Billetdeaux