Don't get the house finch mixed up with the purple finch! It's an easy thing to do. Learn how to attract a house finch to your yard, and listen to its song.
Photo: Roland Jordahl
- Scientific Name: Carpodacus mexicanus.
- Family: Finch.
- Length: 6 inches.
- Wingspan: 9-1/2 inches.
- Distinctive Markings: Males have reddish foreheads, breasts and rumps. Females and juveniles are streaked grayish brown. All have brown-streaked bellies.
- Nest:Low in shrubs, door wreaths or hanging flowerpots; lays four to five spotted bluish-white eggs.
- Song: A varied warble, often ending in a long "veeerrr."
- Habitat: Any wooded area or backyard.
- Diet: Seeds of berries and weeds.
- Backyard Favorites: Nyjer, sunflower, mixed birdseed, peanuts, fruit, suet and sugar water.
Listen to this bird’s song