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House Finch (female)

Carpodacus mexicanus

Description:

Pretty common to see at my backyard feeders! Thought it was a sparrow, but definitely a house finch.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Liam
Liam 9 years ago
House Finch (female)
Carpodacus mexicanus


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13 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

I'm sure you will! :)

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

MIchele and Karen... I'm going to have to keep a better eye out in the spring/summer and maybe I'll see a few males with a bit of red!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Vee, I have a lot of these guys & I've noticed the juveniles seem to hang out together in large flocks & the juvi males do look similar to females! They sometimes come right up on our deck rails - so cute!

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

That link threw me off a bit Cynthia as I've never seen a male then! But I found a few other pictures that convinced me! (like this one http://www.pbase.com/bmullen/image/87889...) Thank you though! : )

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Yea.. nevermind.. the more pictures I look at online of house finches, the more I definitely think this is one! haha. Thanks for the help!! I guess they hang out with sparrows sometimes, and I've never seen a male house finch!!

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

I added 2 more pics so you can see the back of the bird as well!

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

The males are all brown and have darker brown markings.. that's what made me think it wasn't a finch, but a house sparrow. Do finches and sparrow ever flock together? (These guys also never eat thistle/nyjer seeds, which I thought finches DO eat!)

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

It's definitely a finch Emma judging by the beak!

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

house wren?

Veetorious
Veetorious 9 years ago

Thanks Sachin!
Karen and Liam... I don't think it's a house finch (I'm no expert though!). The reason I say that is because they come in flocks of like 50 birds, and there must be males among them, but they definitely don't have any red on them. I need to dig up or take some pictures of the males.. that will probably help with ID!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Lovely bird,

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Looks like a female house finch http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House...

Veetorious
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Veetorious

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Oct 26, 2011
Submitted on Jan 16, 2012

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