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Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)

Grosbeaks & Buntings Common Summer and Spring
Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak, male - Chino, CA
© Tom Benson

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak, female - Devore, CA
© Brad Singer

The Blue Grosbeak is a fairly common breeding visitor to campus in the CSUSB Preserve from late April through early August. It is a fairly common migrant and breeding bird in mixed grasslands or weedy areas in the foothills and coastal lowlands in southern California.

High Count: 8, Average Count: 1-3

The adult male Blue Grosbeak is entirely dark blue with black wings and tail and cinnamon wing bars, and has a deep conical bill. Adult females and juveniles are warm brown or reddish brown overall with paler bellies and buff or whitish wing bars. First spring (one-year old) males are intermediate between adult males and females.