Pine Grosbeak

Pinicola enucleator (Linnaeus, 1758) PINGR 16990
Family: Passeriformes > Fringillidae

This large finch breeds at boreal latitudes across both Eurasia and North America, but it remains a very rare visitor to Britain, with only a handful of records. Records have come from both the spring and autumn migration periods.

Most populations are resident, but some are partially migrant and others may be irruptive, with large movements undertaken when food supplies fail on the breeding areas.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
91 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
91 records


91 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
91 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Pine Grosbeak, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: pinsà dels pins
Czech: hýl krivcí
Danish: Krognæb
Dutch: Haakbek
Estonian: männileevike
Finnish: taviokuurna
French: Durbec des sapins
German: Hakengimpel
Hungarian: nagy pirók
Icelandic: Krókfinka
Italian: Ciuffolotto delle pinete
Latvian: ziemelu svilpis
Lithuanian: paprastoji pušine sniegena
Norwegian: Konglebit
Polish: luskowiec (zwyczajny)
Portuguese: pintarroxo-de-bico-grosso
Slovak: smreciar krivonosí
Slovenian: smrekov kalin
Spanish: Camachuelo picogrueso
Swedish: tallbit
Folkname: Greatest Bullfinch

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