House Finch

House Finch
House Finch
Carpodacus mexicanus

The House Finch is often mistaken for the Purple Finch and visa versa, they can be very difficult to tell apart. The House Finch has a definite Orange-Red coloration, while the Purple Finch is more of a Raspberry color. Also the female Purple Finch has a slash of white over her eye that is lacking in the female House Finch.

The House Finch is native to the western states of the United States, but have become far more common in the eastern states. The reason for this is back in 1940, a few California pet dealers captured some of the finches and shipped them to New York Dealers to be sold as "Hollywood Finches". When the Fish and Wildlife Service discovered the illegal scheme, they began arresting the New York dealers. In order to avoid arrest, some dealers released the finches and the birds survived in the wild, populating the eastern states.

House Finches like Sunflower seeds and Thistle. They will feed from either hanging or ground feeders. They are comfortable in urban surroundings and will build their nest about anywhere. The House Finch tends to migrate very little or not at all so will be at the feeder both summer and winter.

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