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Any of various birds of the families Fringillidae and Cardinalidae found in Eurasia and the Americas, having a thick conical bill.

[Partial translation of French grosbec : gros, thick, large (from Old French; see gross) + bec, beak.]


(ˈɡrəʊsˌbiːk; ˈɡrɒs-)
1. (Animals) any of various finches, such as Pinicola enucleator (pine grosbeak), that have a massive powerful bill
2. (Animals) cardinal grosbeak any of various mostly tropical American buntings, such as the cardinal and pyrrhuloxia, the males of which have brightly coloured plumage
[C17: from French grosbec, from Old French gros large, thick + bec beak1]



any of various finches having a thick conical bill.
[1670–80; < French grosbec literally, large beak]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grosbeak - any of various finches of Europe or America having a massive and powerful billgrosbeak - any of various finches of Europe or America having a massive and powerful bill
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
evening grosbeak, Hesperiphona vespertina - North American grosbeak
Coccothraustes coccothraustes, hawfinch - a common large finch of Eurasia
pine grosbeak, Pinicola enucleator - large grosbeak of coniferous forests of Old and New Worlds
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Pages 290-314 in Life histories of North American cardinals, grosbeaks, buntings, towhees, finches, sparrows, and allies.
It's been a while since we've had pine and evening grosbeaks migrate down here in winter.
Only Blue Grosbeaks (scientific names for bird species analyzed are in the Appendix), among species not in the top 20, met the requirement of at least 100 detections.
Small, who is a supervisor at the Quabbin Reservoir, said he has been seeing pine grosbeaks at the reservoir headquarters and several locations.
Prairie, pine, yellowthroat, northern waterthrush, redstart and parula warblers accompanied veery, catbirds and an unprecedented number of rose-breasted grosbeaks.
Pine Grosbeaks (Pinicola enucleator) are reported to eat burdock seeds (Adkisson 1999), but entanglement has not been reported.
Christmas Counts may well observe crossbills, pine siskins, redpolls and possibly evening grosbeaks - irruptive species that visit us infrequently, looking for food.
Pine Grosbeaks and White-winged Crossbills in most of these other studies either did not occur or were considered non-breeding visitors and comparative densities were not available.
From the diminutive nuthatch to the peaceful pine grosbeaks to the more aggressive cedar waxwings and redwing blackbirds, the three crows just seem to bop about getting along with everybody.
Some years, when the seed crop up north is poor, several species of winter finches, including pine and evening grosbeaks, fly down to forage and inadvertently entertain us.
For example, "The nut of the American Beech is a favorite food of small mammals and birds, especially grosbeaks.
Every year in the spring and fall, millions of bluebirds, finches, grosbeaks, sparrows, thrushes, warblers, and the like fly up and down the Eastern Seaboard.