house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 5.25 inches
Distinctive call note often given in flight
Red forehead, supercilium, breast and rump
Streaked belly and undertail coverts
Brown wings and tail
Immature male resembles female
Plainer face than purple and Cassin's finch
Heavily streaked underparts
The male house finch can be told from Cassin's and purple finches by
its streaked belly, browner back and nape, longer unforked tail and
different call notes. Female house finches have much plainer faces
than the other finches. Pine siskins are smaller with yellow patches
in the wings and tail. Sparrows typically have more distinctive face
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Urban
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 2-6
Length of Incubation: 12-14 days
Days to Fledge: 11-19
Number of Broods: 1-3
Diet: Almost exclusively seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February U
Calendar of Events
Sky Meadows Park
Crooked Run Valley