Meet Your Backyard Birds
THE HOUSE FINCH
A small brown finch.
Males with red, orange or yellow coloring.
Females brown and buff without the red color of the male.
Length: 5 to 5-1/2" Wingspan: 8-9" Weight: 0.6 to 0.9oz
Lifespan: Up to 12 yrs, typically less.
Resident, not migratory
House Finch Fun Facts:
- Male House Finch feather color ranges from red to orange, and even yellow, depending on pigments (keratins) foods they eat. The more pigment in the foods, the redder the male.
- Female House Finches prefer to mate with the reddest male they can find.
- House Finches are fond of nectar and will sometimes drink out of hummingbird feeders.
- A water source can be a strong attractant for House Finches. They can drink up to 40% of their body weight on a hot summer day.
- The House Finch was called the “Hollywood Finch” at one time when an attempt was made to sell them as cage birds when they were illegally exported to the east coast of the US.
- House Finches in Hawaii are fond of papayas, which do not have the keratins needed for them to develop the red feather coloring
- Locally, our most common bird at the feeder
What Foods Do House Finches Like?
House finch diets are about 97% vegetarian, made up mostly of seeds, buds and fruit. This is the highest vegetarian diet of all North American birds. They feed their young seeds from the wild and the feeders and will eat insects if they are abundant.
In our yards, House finches will eat a wide variety of seeds and suet products. They will eat from almost any feeder. Here’s a list of products available in the store for feeding our most common local feeder bird:
No-Mess Blend Medium Sunflower Chips Super Suets (cakes, cylinders)
Black Oil Sunflower Bark Butter (spreadable, cylinders) Nesting SuperBlend™
Bark Butter™ Bits White Millet (with/without the shell) Meal worms
Peanut Pickouts Nyjer™