Blue Grosbeak

Passerina caerulea

Blue Grosbeak, Passerina caerulea, photo © by Michael Plagens

Male. Madera Canyon, Sta. Rita Mts., Arizona. 7 July 2013.

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This stunning bird is fairly common in riparian habitats in Arizona. The massive, silvery bill and the rust-colored bars on the wings make the male of the species easily identifiable. Even though Arizona's winters are mild, the blue grosbeak migrates to the tropics for the winter months, October through April.

Cardinalidae -- Cardinal and Grosbeak Family

More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Fauna of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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