House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
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House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), male

General Description: House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) are small, sexually dimorphic, finches with large bills. Both sexes are gray overall with a streaked breast, but the males have red, orange, or yellow on the head, breast, and rump. The females have a slight or non-existent eyeline (compare with females of other finch species). During winter, the bold colors fade, but still are present on the males. The bill is large, and the culmen (top of the bill) is curved.

Favored Habitat: These little birds use a wide variety of low-elevation habitats, ranging from the harshest of desert environments to well-watered urban parks and yards. These are one of the most desert-adapted birds and are able to breed in the driest of places.

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

Where to Find: Low elevations everywhere around Las Vegas.

Comments: There are three species of finches in southern Nevada. House Finches occur at lower elevation, Purple Finches generally occur at middle elevation, and Cassin's Finches generally occur at the highest elevations.

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Male House Finch drinking at a spring in the desert. The spring colors are quite bright.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Male House Finch with a red rump.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), male Male House Finch with a red rump.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Sometimes male House Finches have orange or yellow rather than red colors.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Male house finch with orange and yellow.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Male house finch.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) House Finch male eating leaf buds in early spring.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Male and female House Finch
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), female Female House Finch, note that most house finch girls have no eyebrow line.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Female House Finch
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) female Young House Finch
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) House Finch nest and nestling in a Silver Cholla cactus. These hard-core desert birds and build a nest and raise their young in a spiny cactus.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) female and juvenile Female House Finch feeding two fledglings.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) Fledgling House Finch with a tuft of downy feathers on the forehead; these are the last of the downy feathers to be lost.
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) female If you were a seed or a bug, this might be the last face you'd ever see!
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Young male getting his color
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Young male getting his color
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Young male getting his color
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Young male getting his color

 
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