Pine Grosbeak

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Pine Grosbeak

 

(Pinícola enucleator), also pine bullfinch, a bird of the family Fringillidae of the order Passeriformes. The body length is about 22 cm, and the weight, about 50 g. The head and breast of the males are raspberry pink, and the back is brownish gray; the breast of the females is olive green. The pine grosbeak is distributed in the taiga zone of Europe, Asia, and North America. A sedentary bird, it will migrate long distances when there is no food. It nests in trees. The clutch contains three to five eggs. The diet includes seeds, buds, berries, and, sometimes, insects. The pine grosbeak is often kept in cages.

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