The House Finch is native to the American west. A pretty bird (it looks like a sparrow dipped up to its neck in red wine), House Finches were live-trapped in California after World War I and sold in eastern pet stores as "Hollywood Finches."
Female: A plain brown bird with a heavily streaked white chest.
Male: orange, red face, chest and rump, a brown cap, brown marking behind eyes, brown wings streaked with white, steaked belly.
Juvenile: similar to female
Nest: cup, sometimes in cavities, female builds, 2 brooks per year.
Eggs: 4-5, pale blue, lightely incubates
Incubation: 12-14 days, female incubates
Fledging: 15-19 days, female and male feed young
Migration: non-migratory to partial migration, will move around to find food
Food: seeds, fruit, leaf buds, will visit seed feeders
Compare: Female Cassin's Finch has a more heavily streaked belly. Similar to Pine Siskin, but lacks yellow wing bars and has a larger bill. Very similar female. Purple finch had bold white eyebrows.
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