A western species until the 1940s, the House Finch was introduced to the East Coast by an unethical pet dealer. When some were let loose, they quickly adapted and spread, eventually occupying all of the eastern states as well.
Scientific Name: Haemorhous mexicanus.
Length: 5-3/4 inches.
Wingspan: 9-1/2 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Male has reddish forehead, breast and rump; female is streaked gray and brown above, with a lighter underside. Both sexes have brown-streaked bellies.
Nest: A cup made of natural materials, string and feathers on tree branches or manmade structures; holds four to five spotted bluish-white eggs.
Voice: A varied warble, often ending in a long “veeerrr.”
Habitat: Woodlands, parks, residential areas, farms, deserts.
Diet: Seeds, berries and weeds.
Backyard Favorites: Nyjer, sunflower, mixed birdseed, peanuts, fruit, suet and sugar water.
Bird Song & Range Map
Listen to the House Finch’s song and learn where to spot them!
Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.