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    Black-headed Grosbeak Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Black-headed Grosbeaks are hefty songbirds with very large bills that are conical and thick at the base. They have large heads and short, thick necks. A short tail imparts a compact, chunky look.

      Relative Size

      Larger and bulkier than a House Finch; more compact and slimmer than an American Robin.

      Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 7.1-7.5 in (18-19 cm)
        • Weight: 1.2-1.7 oz (35-49 g)
        • Wingspan: 12.6 in (32 cm)