The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is an American vagrant and this is the third recorded bird for Iceland. Last spring one was found dead and the other was spotted in Þorlákshöfn in 2001. This Rose-breasted Grosbeak has been in Sólbrekka, in Reykjanes Peninsula, for more than a week now. It is almost the same size as the Redwings, which there are a lot of, and is easy to spot where it regularly comes to the feeding area – a great treat for birdwatchers.
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a large, seed-eating grosbeak of the Cardinal family. It breeds in cool-temperate North America and migrates to tropical America in winter.
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a very rare vagrant in western Europe.