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House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)


Photo © Debbie McKenzie

House Finch

Photo © Sharon Beals, from the collection of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

House Finch nest

Photo © René Corado

House Finch eggs

Photo © René Corado

Adult male

Photo © Suzanne Labbé | Macaulay Library

Female/immature male

Photo © Dave Spier | Macaulay Library

Adult male

Photo © Byron Greco | Macaulay Library

Adult male

Photo © Nancy Christensen | Macaulay Library

Adult male

Photo © Amanda Guercio | Macaulay Library

Adult male

Photo © John Reynolds | Macaulay Library

Female/immature male

Photo © Suzanne Labbé | Macaulay Library

Female/immature male

Photo © Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Adult male

Photo © Lois Stacey | Macaulay Library

Song (Common)

© William R. Fish | Macaulay Library

Calls (Common)

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

Calls (Common)

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

Calls (Common)

© Geoffrey A. Keller | Macaulay Library

Calls (Common)

© Nathan Pieplow

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

desert

open woodland

shrub

town

Substrates

Cliff or Rock

Live Tree Branch

In/On Building

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cup

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

2
6

Nest Height

15 ft
10 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

13-14
days

Brooding Period

12-19
days

Useful Hints

  • House Finches nest in a variety of deciduous and coniferous trees as well as on cactus and rock ledges.
  • Searching for nest sites is a conspicuous behavior throughout the nesting season. Females appear to do most prospecting, but males follow closely and often re-examine each site searched by the female.
  • House Finches feed their nestlings exclusively plant foods, a fairly rare occurrence in the bird world. Many birds that are vegetarians as adults still feed animal foods to keep their fast-growing young supplied with protein.