Thanks for playing along with my latest birding quiz posted yesterday.
Here’s the answer … it’s a
female Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
I told you it looked nothing like its male counterpart (in color anyway).
I also suggested you look at the “bulky bill,” or in this case its “grosbeak.”
Many field guides show only the male in breeding plumage, therefore making the identification of females or nonbreeding birds nearly impossible. Get a good field guide that shows all the various plumages of birds.
Below is the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak striking a similar pose. Quite a difference, huh. Good example of sexual dimorphism (when males and female have different physical characteristics.)