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House Finches

Haemorhous mexicanus

Description:

Love is in the air for these house finches!

Males have a red head and breast and a streaked, brown belly. The red coloring comes from pigments contained in its food during molt. So, the more pigment in the food, the redder the male. Females seem to prefer to mate with the reddest male they can find! Adult females are grayish brown overall, with a brown head, wings, and tail, and streaked, brown underparts.

During courtship, males sometimes feed the females in a display that begins with the female pecking at his bill and fluttering her wings, like a fledgling would do. The male then feeds her regurgitated food. 

Habitat:

Rural yard - house finches come nest in my yard every year. The male particularly likes to sit in a bush next to my deck each morning and sing his beautiful, warbling songs.

Notes:

House Finches were originally found in the western United States. But, in 1940 some finches were released on Long Island, New York after failed attempts to sell them as pet “Hollywood Finches”. After being released into nature, they spread across almost all of the eastern United States.

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10 Comments

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Thanks so much Danièle for SOTD for this lovely couple! They lift my spirits every morning and remind me that nicer weather will eventually get to the northeastern US! Also, thanks Felix, MnMs, and maplemoth for your comments :)

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

Your welcome, Christine....

The MnMs
The MnMs 2 years ago

Beautiful couple!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

Fantastic shot, Christine! Congrats.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Christine, your lovely contrasting pair of House Finches is our Spotting of the Day:

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Thanks maplemoth

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 2 years ago

Three, very pretty photos....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Thanks Danièle and Brian. They are a very cute couple - the male is very attentive and is constantly fluttering around her, so obviously delighted with his mate.

Brian38
Brian38 2 years ago

I love when you can capture the male and female in the same pic. Great pics Christine!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

What a lovely spotting Christine! Great contrast between the male and female. Wonderful notes as always.

Christine Y.
Spotted by
Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Mar 30, 2018
Submitted on Mar 31, 2018

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