House Finch
Carpodacus mexicanus

The house finch(Carpodacus mexicanus) gets its name from its habit of nesting in and around buildings, just like the house sparrow.  It is not uncommon to see mixed flocks of house sparrows and house finches.

house finch, Carpodacus mexicanus The male house finch has the red on his head, breast, and rump.  When house finches come to the bird bath by our door, they usually leave one on the roof edge as a lookout.  They keep a constant conversation going with the lookout as they drink or bathe.

house finch, Carpodacus mexicanus The female house finch is plainer than the male, and without red.  She is similar to the female house sparrow, but with a streaked breast.

house finch, Carpodacus mexicanus  Some male house finches have a more yellow-orange color instead of red.

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