Posted by Craig Lipski on Tue May 19, 2020 10:56 am

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (m)

Pheucticus ludovicianus

Livingston Co, MI

Head / face markings say female or "1st winter male".  Breast says male, so I'm going with a late-blooming young male.  The breast and underwing markings are yellow.  I've seen yellow House Finches and very orange Tanagers, but I've never seen this on a Grosbeak; Xanthrochroism is a condition in which some colors, often red, are replaced by yellow (think of the yellow Cardinals that sometimes make the news.)  

500 4.0 "Classic" + 1.4x II
1/400, f/8, ISO 1600
Natural light

Comments and suggestions always welcome.
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by david fletcher on Tue May 19, 2020 11:46 am
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Excellent pose and details Craig. Interesting if anyone can help with your thoughts on the colouring. Thanks for sharing that info.
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by Ron Day on Tue May 19, 2020 2:45 pm
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A first for me too. Thanks for sharing this unique image, Craig.

by Tusar Bhowmik on Tue May 19, 2020 3:57 pm
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Excellent pose, eye contact and bg.

by Isaac Grant on Wed May 20, 2020 2:40 pm
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Super cool looking Grosbeak. I have seen thousands of these birds but never one with orange instead of red. Awesome!

by Cynthia Crawford on Thu May 21, 2020 7:00 pm
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Wow- very interesting! Reminds me of how some waxwings have different colored tails according to what they eat, but this seems like something totally different. Doing a google search shows several similar variants. Black-headed grosbeaks have more of an orange breast. Hybrid? Very cool!
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