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Robin sized bird bulky. Female has mustard colored head with grey body, males head and chest are rose colored. Both have white stripes on black wings and white crescent under eyes.
They usually stay year around in the far north of Canada but will occasionally come down to the Northern states in the US. Perhaps when the trees they depend upon fail to produce enough fruit or seeds. In the summers they live in coniferous woods and eat cone seeds, in the winter they move to hardwood groves with fruiting plants.
A flock of about 20 Pine Grossbeaks spent the winter of 2008 near our bird feeder. Perhaps it was a bad year for seeds and fruit in Canada? Cornell Lab of Ornithology has great descriptions of birds and even recordings of their song. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pine_...