Crimson-collared Grosbeak

Rhodothraupis celaeno

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Code 4

CCGR

Code 6

RHOCEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Crimson-collared Grosbeak is resident in tropical thorn forest and brushy areas in northeastern Mexico. It shows up on a regular basis during the winter months in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. They feed on a combination of fruit and insects and appear to be capable of adapting to scrubby areas with brush and other non-forest habitats. Despite a population size of 20,000 to 50,000 in a fairly small range, they are not believed to be in decline or threatened and have been given a conservation rating of Least Concern by the IUCN.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Crimson-collared Grosbeak: Large finch with blood-red body, brown-red back, black hood, bib, huge conical bill, and dark wings. Female has black hood and bib but body is olive to olive-yellow. Forages in brushy woodland. Feeds on insects, larvae, seeds, fruits, berries. Short flights, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled briefly to sides.


Range and Habitat North America

Crimson-collared Grosbeak: Primarily found in northeastern Mexico from central Nuevo León and central Tamaulipas south to northern Veracruz; however, it occasionally strays into the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, mostly in winter. Inhabits humid or semi-arid forest and second growth, from low to high levels, sometimes skulking on the ground.


Range and Habitat Hawaii


Range and Habitat Palau

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • The life history and ecological requirements for the Crimson-collared Grosbeak are poorly documented.
  • They have been observed feeding on a variety of fruit, including mangos, loquat, oranges, and chinaberry.
  • A group of grosbeaks are collectively known as a "gross" of grosbeaks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION



SONGS AND CALLS

Xeno-Canto Sound

Crimson-collared Grosbeak III1

  • Title: Crimson-collared Grosbeak III1
  • Recordist: Robert A. Behrstock
  • Description: Song is a pleasant warble that may end with an upward inflection.
  • Location: mx
  • Date: "September 1, 2016"

Voice Text

"twit-twertt-teer-twerty-dur"

Vocalization

Crimson-collared Grosbeak: Song is a rich, slightly burry warble with up-slurred ending "twit-twertt-teer-twerty-dur", similar to that of the Northern Cardinal. Call is thin, shrill up-and-down "see-i-ya."

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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