One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American grosbeak, the male of which is black and white with a pinkish-red breast patch.
Pheucticus ludovicianus, family Emberizidae (subfamily Cardinalinae)
- ‘More flashy visitors arrived from the south - northern orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, bright yellow American goldfinches.’
- ‘There was some kind fight going on between two male and one female rose-breasted grosbeak.’
- ‘His most memorable sighting: a rose-breasted grosbeak.’
- ‘Three such pairs are the black-headed and rose-breasted grosbeaks, the Indigo and lazuli buntings, and the Baltimore and Bullock's orioles.’
- ‘For those of you who have never had the pleasure of meeting this handsome bird, the rose-breasted grosbeak is a study in contrast, pitch black above and stark white below.’
- ‘Fall migrants arrive as they continue their journey from more northerly areas to the south, our first being a male rose-breasted grosbeak.’
- ‘I found two separate indigo bunting territories, heard a rose-breasted grosbeak singing in the distance as well as the song of a savannah sparrow in a nearby field.’
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