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    Evening Grosbeak Identification

    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.

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      Measurements
      • 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.