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A pretty House Finch in my backyard on Christmas morning in northeast Iowa.

House Finch
The House Finch is a recent introduction from western into eastern North America (and Hawaii), but it has received a warmer reception than other arrivals like the European Starling and House Sparrow. That’s partly due to the cheerful red head and breast of males, and to the bird’s long, twittering song, which can now be heard in most of the neighborhoods of the continent. If you haven’t seen one recently, chances are you can find one at the next bird feeder you come across.

House Finches are small-bodied finches with fairly large beaks and somewhat long, flat heads. The wings are short, making the tail seem long by comparison. Many finches have distinctly notched tails, but the House Finch has a relatively shallow notch in its tail.

Color Pattern
Adult males are rosy red around the face and upper breast, with streaky brown back, belly and tail. In flight, the red rump is conspicuous. Adult females aren’t red; they are plain grayish-brown with thick, blurry streaks and an indistinctly marked face.

House Finches are gregarious birds that collect at feeders or perch high in nearby trees. When they’re not at feeders, they feed on the ground, on weed stalks, or in trees. They move fairly slowly and sit still as they shell seeds by crushing them with rapid bites. Flight is bouncy, like many finches.

House Finches frequent city parks, backyards, urban centers, farms, and forest edges across the continent. In the western U.S., you’ll also find House Finches in their native habitats of deserts, grassland, chaparral, and open woods.

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  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...almost 5 years ago

    Great capture! Wonderful colors!

  • Thank you so much, Kim!!!! Merry Christmas!!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you, Sean!!!!!

    – lorilee

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 5 years ago

    What a beautiful bird, gorgeous plumage!!!

  • Thanks, Kate!!!!!

    – lorilee

  • Carol2
    Carol2almost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, lorilee!!

  • Thanks so much, Carol!!!!

    – lorilee

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantalmost 5 years ago

    Green bark and red head fits for Christmas Morning ! Great shot !:)

  • Thank you, Judy!!!!!

    – lorilee

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful little bird! Great capture, Lori!

  • Thanks, Barbara!!!

    – lorilee

  • Mark Grech
    Mark Grechalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture lorilee

  • Thank you so much!!! Merry Christmas!!! :-)

    – lorilee

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Lovely Christmas capture Lorilee :)

  • Thank you!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!:-)

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks, Rick!!!!!

    – lorilee

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you so much, Luda!!!!

    – lorilee

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