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 House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)




House Finch | Carpodacus mexicanus photo
House Finch, Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Ladner, British Columbia

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

House Finch | Carpodacus mexicanus photo
House Finch (Female), Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, Arizona

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

House Finch | Carpodacus mexicanus photo
House Finch (Male), Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, Arizona

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

HOUSE FINCH FACTS

Description
The House Finch is a medium-sized finch with a thick bill. The male has red head, throat, chest. The sides and underside is white with heavy brown stripes. The back, wings, and tail are brown. The female is gray brown with streaks on the chest and sides, brown face with no eye stripe. Immature birds are similar to females. The House Finch is similar to the Purple Finch, but the House Finch is darker red.

Size
length 13cm - 14cm

Environment
desert, shrubland, woodland, open coniferous forests, urban parks and gardens. In the east it is found mainly in urban and suburban areas.

Food
buds, seeds, fruit.

Breeding
The nest is an open cup made of grass and other plant, wool, feathers, lined with finer material. Nest is built in a tree cavity. Will also use nest boxes. Lays one to six pale blue eggs with fine dark speckles. Eggs hatch after 13 - 14 days.

Range
found in far southern Canada, most of the United States, Mexico

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Fringillidae
Genus:Carpodacus
Species:mexicanus
Common Name:House Finch


Relatives in same Genus
  Cassin's Finch (C. cassinii)
  Purple Finch (C. purpureus)