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male housefinch photo, jan 00
Male Housefinch
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female housefinch photo, 27 Feb 00
Female Housefinch
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Finch Information
Wheezer's Notes:
Finches are easily attracted to feeders. House finches go for sunflower seeds and Goldfinches are nuts about thistle (niger) seed. House finches have increased in population in the last few years and are becoming common in most places year round. The Purple Finch is similar to the House Finch in all characteristics but the male purple finch lacks the brown steaks on his belly. Female Purple Finch has a distinctive face pattern with a lighter brown streak above and below the eye. Purple Finches are not as common as House Finches.

Goldfinches will be extremely numerous during their migration periods in early winter and early spring. Male American Goldfinches are easily distinguished from the female in the summer -- the male is brilliant yellow. In winter it is not so easy to tell the difference. We have guessed at the gender of the two at upper right but really are not certain (we are still studying on it [smile]). The male is easily distinguished from the female in summer (photo bottom right).

The American Goldfinch is the state bird for the States of Iowa, New Jersey and Washington. The Purple Finch is the state bird for the State of New Hampshire. No one claims the house finch. ) :

Range:
The range map at right indicates states in which the latest Breeding Bird Survey counted at least some areas of concentrations of House finches in excess of 11. Range information is from the USGS Patuxent Bird Identification Center
More Information About Finches:
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch
House Finch
goldfinch, 29 Dec 00 goldfinch, 29 Dec 00
Winter Goldfinches
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House Finch Range
 

American Goldfinch photo, 29 Jan 00
American Goldfinch photo, 29 Jan 00
American Goldfinch photo, 29 Jan 00
American Goldfinches
in Winter
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American Goldfinch photo, 29 Jan 00
American Goldfinch
Summer Male
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(Last Update:  12/31/00)

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