Pine Grosbeak

Pinicola enucleator

The somewhat enigmatic Pine Grosbeak is prone to extensive irruptions through much of its largely boreal breeding range. In Alaska this species is resident in the southern third of the state and is a summer breeder north to the Brooks Range. Despite this widespread breeding range in the state and the species propensity to wander Pine Grosbeaks are exceedingly rare in the offshore Bering Sea. There are two Pribilof records, both from Saint George (in October of 1915, and March of 1955). Both individuals were collected and determined to belong to the Asian breeding subspecies,kamtchatchensis. The female has a light gray body and a yellow/gold head, while adult males are resplendent in their largely bright pink plumage making this species difficult to confuse with any other.