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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Aves > Passeriformes > Fringillidae

Names in different Languages

GermanHausgimpel
EnglishHouse Finch
FrenchRoselin familier, Roselin du Mexique
SpanishCamachuelo mexicano, Pinzón mexicano, Carpodaco doméstico

Description

A rose coloured member of songbirds, found in North America. Originally only found in Mexico and Southern United states, the release of catched animals in the early 20th century introduced the species in Northern US and Canada.

How to Identify

This species looks very similar to the less frequent Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus). I look at the back of the male bird. The House Finch male’s back is brown and not rose. Overall, the male House Finch only head and breast are rose.

Where When to Spot

In the winter, they are frequent and I spot them on almost every walk through the Park Mont-Royal, usually grouped in small flocks with several males and females, around the different feeding stations. I haven’t seen this species from Spring to Autumn, though, even if claimed to be resident.

Photos

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Observations

Park Mont-Royal2019-01-01
Park Mont-Royal2018-12-23
Rapids Park Lachine2018-03-31
Park Mont-Royal2017-11-26
Park Mont-Royal2016-03-04
Park Mont-Royal2015-02-22
Park Mont-Royal2014-03-02