Waiting close to the bird feeding station until it is safe to approach.

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

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 and 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 of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, November 26, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150-600mm f/5-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 220

  • Park Mont Royal

    Friday, March 4, 2016

    NIKON D7100
    150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 720

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    NIKON D7100
    18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

    Focal Length 140mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 400

  • Park Mont Royal

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
    4.3-215.0 mm

    Focal Length 215mm
    Shutter Speed 1/160s
    Aperture f6.5
    ISO 100