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House Finch
(Carpodacus mexicanus)




The House Finch is an abundant permanent resident throughout the United States and Mexico, especially in semi arid habitats of all types. This bird can breed from late February through September and nests have been documented from 200 feet below sea level in Death Valley to 8’000 feet. In the non-breeding season, House Finch congregate in small to large flocks that become somewhat nomadic in search of food. Males have a conspicuous red, orange, and occasionally yellow head and bib. At higher elevations, House Finch can be confused with Purple or Cassin’s Finches where the ranges overlap.

Status: Not protected
Nesting habitat: All habitats
Diet: Seeds, buds, and insects
Breeding season begins: Late February
Nest type: Open cup
Typical number of eggs: 4-5
Incubated by:
Nestlings tended by: Both parents
Migratory: No, but may become highly nomadic
Active period on the Preserve: Year around (see graph)

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