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House Finch (Male)

House Finch (Male)
The house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) is a bird in the finch family Fringillidae, which is found in North America. These birds are mainly permanent residents throughout their range; some northern and eastern birds migrate south. Their breeding habitat is urban and suburban areas in eastern North America as well as various semi-open areas in the west from southern Canada to northern Florida and the Mexican state of Oaxaca; the population in central Chiapas may be descended from escaped cagebirds. Originally only a resident of Mexico and the southwestern United States, they were introduced to eastern North America in the 1940s. The birds were sold illegally in New York City as "Hollywood Finches", a marketing artifice. To avoid prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, vendors and owners released the birds. They have become naturalized; in largely unforested land across the Eastern U.S., they have displaced the native purple finch and even the non-native house sparrow. In 1870, or before, they were introduced into Hawaii and are known abundant on all its islands.There are estimated to be anywhere from 267 million to 1.7 billion individuals across North America. Cropped only; otherwise untouched.

Rol/photo, Dynamo, I Holzi, sunlight and 10 other people have particularly liked this photo


11 comments - The latest ones
Tim Hanko
Tim Hanko
Terrific, Kris.
19 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Outstanding capture!
19 months ago.
sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s
So lovely and colorful!
19 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Superb !

Admired in ~ Wildlife In The Garden
19 months ago. Edited 19 months ago.
BASCLIN
BASCLIN
Trop mignon !
19 months ago.
Meadowmom
Meadowmom
Nice. Love the way the male finches brighten up in the early spring...
19 months ago.
Florica Topa
Florica Topa
beautiful
19 months ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Very nice !
19 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A lovely little bird Kris and thank you for posting in 'Fur, Fin and Feather'.
19 months ago.
Rol/photo
Rol/photo
Il est très beau
19 months ago.