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A Rose By Any Other

As you might have guessed, I’m borrowing a well known phrase from William Shakespeare to describe the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


Males of this species have large white bills and an unmistakable rose coloured breast patch. Their song is similar to an American Robin, but richer and more melodic. Females are well camouflaged and are easily confused with other species.


Recently, I’ve seen quite a few Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the Taylor-Bradbury Nature Trail and the Driscoll-Naylor Bird Sanctuary. Here is an example.


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