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House Finches

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House Finches

The House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) is a medium-sized finch of the Rosefinch genus.

These birds are mainly permanent residents; some eastern birds migrate south.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 5.25 inches
• Conical bill
• Long tail
• Distinctive call note often given in flight

Male:
• Red forehead, supercilium, breast and rump
• Streaked belly and undertail coverts
• Brown wings and tail
• Immature male resembles female

Female:
• Plainer face than Purple and Cassin’s Finch
• Heavily streaked underparts
• Brown upperparts

Originally only a resident of Mexico and the southwestern United States, they were introduced to eastern North America in the 1940s. They have become naturalized; in some unforested areas, they have displaced the native Purple Finch and nonnative House Sparrow.

House Finches primarily eat grains, seeds and berries, being voracious consumers of weed seeds such as nettle and dandelion; included are incidental small insects such as aphids. House Finches normally forage on the ground or in vegetation.

House Finches are one of the few birds that are aggressive enough to keep House Sparrows out of their birdhouse and evict them.

 

 

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