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House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
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House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch male; red (typical)

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.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Fringillidae, Carduelinae.

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 they are able to breed in the driest of places.

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch male; yellow

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)

House Finch female: notice that House Finch females lack an eyebrow line.

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) 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)
Male House Finch with a red rump
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Male House Finch with a red rump
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch male, nonbreeding
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Male house finch with orange and yellow
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Male house finch with orange and yellow
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Male house finch with yellow
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Sometimes House Finches have orange or yellow rather than red
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Male house finch with yellow
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Male house finch with yellow
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Male house finch with yellow
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Male house finch with yellow
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Male house finch with yellow
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
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch male and female at water
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch female
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch juvenile
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch nest and nestling in a Silver Cholla cactus
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch female feeding two fledglings; dads feed the kids too, but a mother's work is never done
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch fledgling with a tuft of downy feathers on the forehead; these are the last of the downy feathers to be lost
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Notice the tail feathers growing in
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Finch; winter male

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