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Evening Grosbeak Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Evening Grosbeaks are large, heavyset finches with very thick, powerful, conical bills. They have a thick neck, full chest, and relatively short tail.

    Relative Size

    About the size of a Northern Cardinal, but more compact and thicker bodied; smaller than a Steller’s Jay or Blue Jay.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 6.3-7.1 in (16-18 cm)
      • Weight: 1.9-2.6 oz (53-74 g)
      • Wingspan: 11.8-14.2 in (30-36 cm)

Regional Differences

There is little geographic variation in plumage, but Evening Grosbeaks do consist of at least three distinct populations, each with distinct call notes.