House Finch


(Haemorhous mexicanus)

Fun Fact: House Finches were originally a bird of the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds, calling them “Hollywood finches”. Then they breed and spread quickly across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.

Diet: Seeds, flower buds, and fruit.

Habitat: Towns, desert, desert grassland, chaparral, oak savannah, streamsides, and open coniferous forests.

Overview: House finches are small, brown, streaky birds that flock in chatty groups. The males have a striking red or reddish-orange head, chest, and rump, which becomes more vivid during the breeding season.