Crimson-collared Grosbeak
Rhodothraupis celaeno

At a Glance

Native to only a limited area of northeastern Mexico, this strikingly patterned grosbeak has wandered into southern Texas several times. It tends to stay low in dense cover, where it is often difficult to observe. The first Texas record was of a singing male in mid-summer, but subsequent reports have been in winter.
Perching Birds
Low Concern
Forests and Woodlands, Shrublands, Savannas, and Thickets
Direct Flight, Flitter, Rapid Wingbeats

Range & Identification


8 3/4" (22 cm). Chunky and thick-billed. Adult male is deep red with black face and throat, dark back and wings. Female has same pattern as male, with red replaced by yellow-olive.
About the size of a Robin
Wing Shape
Rounded, Short
Tail Shape
Rounded, Square-tipped

Songs and Calls

Song a sweet, modulated warbling, rising at end. Call a loud, slurred psseuu.
Call Pattern
Falling, Rising
Call Type
Flute, Rattle, Whistle

Climate Vulnerability

Conservation Status