Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Least Concern

Black-and-yellow Grosbeak (Mycerobas icterioides)


French: Gros-bec noir et jaune German: Goldkernbeißer Spanish: Picogordo negrigualdo

Coccothraustes icterioïdes


, 1831,

Simla–Almora district, north-west India




NE Afghanistan and N Pakistan E in Himalayas to N India (Uttarakhand) and W Nepal.

Descriptive notes

22 cm; 67 g. Large grosbeak with large head, massive bill and medium-length, notched tail. Male has entire head down to upper nape, upper side of neck and lower throat black... read more


Song is a rich, rather clear "prr-trweeet-a-troweeet", "tri-a-tr-a i-i-t tra-tr-u-wa... read more


Montane and submontane moist conifer and deodar (Cedrus deodara) forest mostly at 1800... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes seeds, buds, shoots and berries of pine, fir, yew (Taxus), crab apple (Malus), also rose hips (Rosa... read more


Season May to early Sept; two broods. Displaying male with body horizontal and wings spread, quivering or fluttering rapidly, perches... read more


Largely sedentary in N Pakistan. Elsewhere an altitudinal migrant, descending to lower levels in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to locally common. Rare in W Nepal, where possibly breeds, but may be only a scarce non-breeding visitor.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2019). Black-and-yellow Grosbeak (Mycerobas icterioides). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 June 2019).