Male House Finch by Michael Cummings


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“The House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) is a bird in the finch family Fringillidae. This species and the other “American rosefinches” are usually placed in the rosefinch genus Carpodacus. It has been proposed to place them in a distinct genus Burrica, but the American Ornithologists Union rejected a proposal to do so in 2008.

Adults have a long, square-tipped brown tail and are a brown or dull-brown color across the back with some shading into deep gray on the wing feathers. Breast and belly feathers may be streaked; the flanks usually are. In most cases, adult males’ heads, necks and shoulders are reddish. This color sometimes extends to the stomach and down the back, between the wings. Male coloration varies in intensity with the seasons and is derived from the berries and fruits in its diet. As a result, the colors range from pale straw-yellow through bright orange (both rare) to deep, intense red. Adult females have brown upperparts and streaked underparts." Wikipedia

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Taken in the Ottawa, Ontario area

Nikon D300
ISO 250
EV 0.67
Spot Metering
No Flash
650 MM
WB Sun


birds, house finch, nature, shrubs, trees, wildlife, woodland


  • yolanda
    yolandaover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture and great detail and colour :-)

  • Thank you Yolanda

    – Michael Cummings

  • Diane Blastorah
    Diane Blastorahover 3 years ago

    Love the vibrant shades of red. Excellent capture Michael!

  • Thanks Diane

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bill Maynard
    Bill Maynardover 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture is that his usual coloring or is that blood on his wings from a fresh kill. The finch is a meat eater right?

  • With a beak like that what else would it eat, fruit and nuts?

    – Michael Cummings

  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyover 3 years ago

    Nice shot Michael

  • Thank you Tim :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous capture. He is a handsome fellow.

  • Thank you Bunny

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Beautiful little bird, and so nicely portrayed.

  • Thank you very much Aunt Dot

    – Michael Cummings

  • emmy2
    emmy2over 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture!!! Such a pretty little bird!!!

  • Thank you Victoria

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful bird, great capture Michael.

  • Thank you Mark

    – Michael Cummings

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensover 3 years ago

    Great capture, love the “pose”. Excellent timing

  • Thank you Peter

    – Michael Cummings

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

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