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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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Sunflowers, elderberries, and serviceberries attract Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Tanagers.
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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.
Hulled sunflower seeds will appeal to the greatest variety: They will attract jays, red-bellied woodpeckers, finches, goldfinches, Northern cardinals, evening grosbeaks, pine grosbeaks, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and grackles.
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.
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Black-headed grosbeaks nest in the area after their migration to and from Central Mexico.
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