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Yellow-green grosbeak

Caryothraustes canadensis

Description: Yellow-green grosbeaks are largely greenish-yellow below and over the head; the front of the bill is gray, with back part being blackish. The throat, area around the eyes (brown iris) and the lores are black; legs are gray. Their back, tail and wings are olive-green. Sexes are alike.

Size: They grow to about seven inches (18 cm).

Behavior: This sedentary species can be found in small groups and sometimes with other birds such as various tanagers.

Diet: Their diet consists mostly of seeds and fruits, but will also take insects; forage in small flocks.

Communication: Yellow-green grosbeaks have loud buzzy calls; the “dzreet” call is sometimes followed by a “chew-chew” series.

Reproduction: It is believed they build a cup- shaped nest in which two eggs (cream-colored with brown spots) are laid.

Habitat/range: These birds inhabit degraded former forest and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests in Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama and Venezuela.

Status: Listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.