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Haemorhous mexicanus

Common Name: House Finch
Haemorhous mexicanus
Haemorhous mexicanus

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Haemorhous
Species: Haemorhous mexicanus

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Adult birds are 6" long with 10" wingspans.

Mature males are brown with red heads and chests. Females and immature males are light brown with darker brown patterns.

Habitat & Range

House finches year round range reaches across most of the United States and Mexico as well as some areas of Canada. Their habitat consists of forests and shrubby areas.

Native to the western United States and Mexico, they were introduced into the eastern US in 1940 and Hawaii before 1870.


House finches feed off of seeds, grains, and fruits.

Their call is a varied warblig, beginning high and ending in low “veeer”.

Life Cycle

House finches nest in many different places including trees and buildings.

Featured image by Kevin Cole.


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