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The rose-breasted grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus, breeds in southern Canada and in the eastern and central United States. It winters from the West Indies and Mexico south to Peru. In Utah, this species appears to be a rare migrant. Its habitats are deciduous forests and woodlands. The rose-breasted grosbeak eats insects, seeds, fruits, and buds.

The nest is usually four to twenty feet up in a small tree or shrub. Four eggs (sometimes three or five) are incubated by both parents for twelve to fourteen days. The nestlings are tended by both parents and leave the nest after nine to twelve days.


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