House Finch

Haemorhous mexicanus

Summary 4

The House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) is a small finch with a large beak. Males are streaky brown with a conspicuous red, orange or yellowish head and a red rump,. The coloration of the head is dependent upon their diet. Females are streaky gray and brown.

To hear sounds of the House Finch:

Where on Campus? 5

House finches can be seen almost anywhere on the campus and are common in our trees.

Habitat 5

House finches are human commensal and will live in a wide variety of human-modified habitats including, yards, lawns, parks and also chaparral, oak savannah, deserts and coniferous forests.

Life History 5

Nesting Nests are made of small twigs, grass, leaves and stems and are placed in a wide variety of sites including trees, shrubs, rock ledges, buildings and vents.

Feeding House Finches are plant eaters and eat a wide variety of seeds, berries and fruits.

Distribution 6

House Finches are primarily residents from southern British Columbia to southern Baja California and central mainland Mexico, from the Pacific Coast to western Montana, Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Oklahoma, and western California. Introduced in the Hawaiian Islands (abundant on all main islands), and in the eastern U.S. where, subsequent to the 1940 introduction, the range has expanded throughout most of the eastern U.S. and adjacent southern Canada (Jackson 1992).

Migration 5

Ours are probably residents.

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