House Finch

(Carpodacus mexicanus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

House Finch

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNA - Not applicable

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Widespread and common year-round resident except in the northeast, where it is uncommon to rare year-round resident

Habitat

Urban and suburban areas, rural areas with buildings and lawns.

Size

5 to 6 in length

9½ wingspan


Identification

The male has a bright red “eyebrow” line and a brown cap. The back is streaked brown. The flanks, belly, and undertail coverts are heavily streaked.

 
Voice

 

 
Similar
Species

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) male has a burgundy-red cap. The back is streaked brown and red. The flanks, belly, and undertail coverts are whitish and unstreaked.


Food

 

 
Nesting

 

 
Migration

 


Comments

Range Expansion of the “Hollywood Finch"
This species is native to Mexico and the southwestern United States. In the early twentieth century it was captured and sold illegally in eastern pet stores as the “Hollywood Finch", named for its striking good looks. In the 1940’s New York began to enforce existing songbird regulations, and pet store owners released their House Finches to avoid prosecution. The birds adapted well to their new environment and spread rapidly, displacing the native Purple Finch. By 1968 they were common in the east from Cape Cod to the Virginia Tidewater Region. Today their range covers every state in the lower 48 and the southern tier of every Canadian border province. In Minnesota they are common in all but a handful of northern counties, where they are present but in small numbers.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Fringillidae (finches and Hawaiian honeycreepers)

 
Subordinate Taxa

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus amplus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus centralis)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus clementis)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus coccineus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus frontalis)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus griscomi)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus mexicanus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus potosinus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus rhodopnus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus roseipectus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus ruberrimus)

 
Synonyms

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

Visitor Photos

   
Share your photo of this bird.

       
       
       
       

MinnesotaSeasons.com Photos

   
  House Finch   House Finch
       
       

 

Camera

 

     

Slideshows

   
  House Finch
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
  House Finch  
     
  House Finch
JMC Nature Photos
 
  House Finch  
     
  House Finch
jt893x
 
  House Finch  

 

slideshow

     

Visitor Videos

   
Share your video of this bird.

     
     

Other Videos

 
  Male house finch sings to nesting female
Valerie Miller
 
   
 
About

Published on Apr 10, 2012

A female house finch has built a nest in our window awning. I decided to put a webcam in the window and record some of their activities. I enjoyed watching the male sing to his mate, unfortunately my dog started barking and scared him away.....

 
     
  House Finch - HD Mini-Documentary
James Knott
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Feb 18, 2009

Mini-documentary about the House Finch of North America.

 
     
  House Finch (Fringillidae: Carpodacus mexicanus)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jul 6, 2009

Photographed at East Grand Forks, Minnesota (06 July 2009).

 
     
  House Finch Family Dinner
jimbolavirus
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Jul 20, 2009

Kitchener Southern Ontario Canada

July 19 2009 Video of Nesting House Finch.

Eggs hatched on July 18 2009

Finches took over abandoned Robin's nest on top of side door light.

 
     
  House finch (male) with spring song
Nat Bel
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Feb 14, 2011

House finch (male) is singing on the feeder. Mating season is about to start. Finally, female house finch is answering him, you can hear it.

https://sites.google.com/site/backyardbirdbathwildnature/backyard-birds---photos

San Francisco Bay Area.

 
     

 

Camcorder

         

Visitor Sightings

   
Share your sighting of this bird.

     
     
 

MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings

   


 

 

Binoculars

Last Updated:

About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | © 2017 MinnesotaSeasons.com. All rights reserved.