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 Cassin's Finch (Carpodacus cassinii)




Cassin's Finch | Carpodacus cassinii photo
Cassin's Finch

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Cassin's Finch | Carpodacus cassinii photo
Cassin's Finch (Female), Deschutes National Forest, Fort Rock, Oregon

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

CASSIN'S FINCH FACTS

Description
Cassin's Finch is a medium sized finch. The male has pink head with brighter pink cap. The throat and upper breast are rose pink, and belly is pinkish white. The back is gray with reddish wash and dark streaks. The rump is pink. The female is gray with black streaks above, and white with heavy dark streaks below, and a faint white eye stripe. Immature birds are similar to adult females.

Size
length 16cm

Environment
open coniferous forests

Food
Buds, berries, fruit, seeds, insects.

Breeding
Nest is an open cup made of twigs and other plant material, lined with plant fiber, hair, or feathers. The Nest is placed on a conifer branch. Lays three to six (usually four or five) light greenish blue speckled eggs.

Range
Breeds from south east British Columbia and western South Dakota down through to eastern California and northern New Mexico. Winters down western North America from British Columbia to central Mexico.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "near threatened".

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Fringillidae
Genus:Carpodacus
Species:cassinii
Common Name:Cassin's Finch


Relatives in same Genus
  House Finch (C. mexicanus)
  Purple Finch (C. purpureus)