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Post  FinchG on Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:03 pm












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    House Finch


    Adult male



    • Bright orangish red on forehead, throat, and breast
    • Brown back and wings
    • Thick brown streaking on flanks
    • Thick grayish bill
    • © Jeff Hurd


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    House Finch


    Adult female



    • Brown and streaked overall
    • Plain face
    • Thick grayish bill
    • © Bob Baker, Virginia, November 2007


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    House Finch


    Adult male



    • Brownish overall with red forehead, throat, and breast
    • Brown back and wings
    • Thick brown streaking on flanks
    • © Kevin Bolton, November 2008


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    House Finch


    Adult female



    • Brown back and wings
    • Breast and flanks with brown streaking
    • Plain face
    • © Maria Corcacas/PFW, January 2008


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    House Finch


    Adult male



    • Brown back and wings
    • Bright red rump
    • Moderate length tail, short wings
    • © ashockenberry, Ontario, Canada, September 2008


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    House Finch


    Adult male and female



    • Thick bills, faces with not much pattern
    • © Richard Lee, September 2008


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    House Finch


    Adult male



    • Orangish red eyebrow and throat
    • Grayish auriculars (ear patch)
    • © Raymond Belhumeur


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    House Finch


    Adult male yellow variant



    • Some males may be orange or yellow instead of red
    • © Seth Reams, Portland, Oregon, March 2008



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    Cassin's Finch


    Adult male



    • Similar to male House Finch
    • Red on face is more intense and extends farther towards nape
    • Less streaking on sides (finer on flanks)
    • Longer, more pointed bill than House Finch
    • © Chris Wood, December 2004


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    Cassin's Finch


    Adult female



    • Similar to female House Finch
    • More pattern on face
    • Dark streaking on breast has more contrast
    • Long wings
    • Thick, straight bill
    • © Keefee, New Mexico, May 2008


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    Red Crossbill


    Adult male



    • Similar to male House Finch
    • Red overall, with dark, mostly unmarked wings
    • Large, crossed bill
    • © Jane Ogilvie, May 2003


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    Pine Grosbeak


    Adult male



    • Similar to male House Finch
    • Much larger
    • Gray sides, no streaking on flanks
    • Bright white wingbars
    • © Brenda Hudec, November 2006


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    Pine Siskin


    Adult



    • Similar to female House Finch
    • More streaked overall (streaks darker and more defined)
    • Whitish wing-bars
    • Often shows yellow on wings (may be dull in some)
    • Thinner, sharper bill
    • © Robert J. Baker, Virginia, December 2008


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    Purple Finch


    Adult male



    • Similar to male House Finch
    • Red color includes head and nape and extends to sides and back
    • No dark streaking on flanks
    • Long wings
    • © Heather of the Hills, Ohio, January 2008


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    Purple Finch


    Adult female



    • Similar to female House Finch
    • Bolder face pattern
    • Dark streaking on breast has more contrast
    • © Heather of the Hills, Ohio





Similar Species


House Finches have blurry grayish streaking on the belly and flanks, unlike either Cassin's Finch or Purple Finches. Female House Finches have a plainer brown head, where female Purple Finches are more strikingly brown and white. Female House Sparrows have light-brown stripes on the back and are unstreaked on the chest and belly. Bill shape is distinctive for House Finches: it's fairly blunt, and rounded, without a sharp tip. Purple and Cassin's finches both have longer, less rounded bills. Pine Siskins are even more streaky than female House Finches, with yellow patches in the wings and a thinner, more pointed bill. Female House Sparrows are warmer brown above and don't have streaked underparts.


  • House Sparrow
  • Pine Siskin
  • Purple Finch
  • Cassin's Finch


Regional Differences


House Finches, particularly males, can look very different from one to another. This is largely due to differences in their diet rather than regional differences. Even though all of eastern North America’s House Finches are descended from the same few birds released on Long Island (meaning they’re much more closely related to each other than they are to birds across the West), there aren’t any strong differences in size, shape, or color between the two regions.


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