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House Finch

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Size & Shape
5 1/2". Sparrow-sized finch with long, only slightly notched tail. Bill short, rounded.
Color
Red crown, breast, rump, streaks on belly, flanks. Brown on back, wings and tail.
Behavior Usually forages in flocks on ground, in weeds, or in trees for seeds, berries, blossoms, buds. Regular at sunflower feeders.
Habitat Urban neighborhoods, parks, suburbs, farms, woodland edge. Avoids dense forest.
Field Marks
Male: Red on forehead, throat, breast. Brown back and wings. Thick brown streaking on wings. Thick grayish bill.
Female: Brown and streaked overall. Plain face. Thick grayish bill.
Songs & Calls
Series of cheery warbling notes often ending with a harsh note. Call loud chirp.
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Fun Facts
House Finches have benefited greatly from human development. Although fairly common throughout the West including Oregon when pioneers arrived, they did not move into the Willamette Valley until the 1940s. House Finches introduced to New York City in the 1940s have now spread throughout eastern North America.
Scientific Name
Carpodacus mexicanus

 from Harry Nehls, Tom Aversa and Hal Opperman: Birds of the Willamette Valley Region

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