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Pine Grosbeak

Traits: Medium-sized bird with a stout, cone-shaped bill; males are red; females are gray with gold markings.

Habitat: Young to old conifer and mixed forests; nests in conifer trees.

Foods: Buds, seeds, and berries of trees and shrubs; also insects

Eaten by: Sharp-shinned hawks, merlins, goshawks

Do You Know? The male pine grosbeak, like the redpoll, gets new feathers only once a year, after breeding.

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