Common Name: House Finch
Scientific Name: Carpodacus mexicanus
Migration: Non-migratory; does not migrate.
House finches are native to western North America, but a small population was introduced to New York in 1940, and the species has now spread throughout the continent. These birds prefer relatively open woodlands, forest edges, riparian zones and all types of scrubby habitats, including shrubby deserts, rocky canyons and agricultural areas. They are also easily found in both urban and suburban areas, though they are scarce throughout the open Great Plains region. Western populations tend to occupy more varied habitats, while eastern populations are more readily found closer to humans where feeding stations are available. House finches have also been introduced to Hawai’i and can be found on all the major islands. Throughout their range, house finches tend to avoid dense coniferous forests.
House finches do not migrate, though populations in mountainous regions may descend to lower altitudes in winter when snow falls.
House finches are one of the most common backyard birds and will easily visit yards that offer mixed birdseed, Nyjer, sunflower seeds or cracked corn. They will also visit bird baths, and will readily nest in bird houses.
For more information, see the complete house finch profile.
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