2014 49¢ Rose-breasted Grosbeak
The rose-breasted grosbeak is one of 10 different birds pictured on the Songbird stamps.
Each spring, the rose-breasted grosbeak begins its migration from parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America. A long-distance traveler, this grosbeak journeys all the way to the young forests of the northeastern United States and Canada.
Upon arrival at the breeding territory, the male grosbeak, like many songbirds, serenades prospective mates and performs an elaborate courtship display. The pair then builds their nest together, taking turns incubating the eggs and feeding the hatchlings. Throughout the season, they will continuously sing to each other, even when sitting in the nest and during the nighttime hours.
While the male grosbeak is easily recognized for the bright-red chevron, or “V,” on his white breast during the spring and summer months, he and his female counterpart are best known for their remarkable songs.
The rose-breasted grosbeak whistles sweet songs lasting up to six seconds and consisting of multiple notes that rise and fall harmoniously. In the early 20th century, naturalists remarked that its song “has been compared with the finest efforts of the robin…and the scarlet tanager, but is far superior to either.” Some even say that the rose-breasted grosbeak sounds like an American robin that has had opera training.
Illustrator Robert Giusti painted the rose-breasted grosbeak and other songbirds in this set perched on a branch or fence post. His artwork can be seen on other stamps including: Tufted Puffins (#4737), Birds of Prey (4608-12), and a Cardinal (2480).
49¢ Rose-breasted Grosbeak, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate.
Issue Date: April 5, 2014
City: Dallas TX, at the Trinity River Audubon Center
Printed By: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10 ¾