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Friday, July 20, 2012

Photo Share: House Finch male

The House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus is a familiar sight in mid-Michigan today. These 6″, talkative little birds get their name from their habit of hanging around houses. They build their nests in the hanging baskets, wreaths, or in trees, and their cheery warble or a variety of chirps is a constant around the bird feeders. The amount of red the finch has can vary depending on the amount of carotenoid pigments consumed in its food during molt. They have slight white wing bands, a brownish red head with a pink chest that has brown streaking. They also appear to have a sleek body and stand tall.


aviaries for birds said...

Wow! thanks a lot for the share. I really love its color. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thank you for telling us what these little cuties are. They have come to our home for the first time this year and are a joy to watch in our yard. They get along with the other birds in our forest and seem to love the bird seed we have out for them.

Annette Hart said...

Thank you for helping me. I have been trying to find out what type of bird this is. I have been fortunate to have this pair nested in my silk flower arrangement in my entryway. They are a delightful pair to watch as they fly in to feed their brood. Thank you again.