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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.

Common Names

  • House Finch (en)
  • Camachuelo mexicano, Pinzón mexicano, Carpodaco doméstico (es)
  • Roselin familier, Roselin du Mexique (fr)
  • Hausgimpel (de)


  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Haemorhous mexicanus

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.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

Park Mont-Royal 0 0 1 5
Rapids Park Lachine 1 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

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.


House Finch

House Finch

House Finch sitting on a branch in the sunshine.

Park Mont-Royal - 2019-01-01

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/3200; Aperture f/11; Iso 4000;

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Park Mont-Royal - 2017-11-26

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.3; Iso 220;

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-03-04

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 720;

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

Male and female close together. It looks like the female is not really interested.

Park Mont-Royal - 2015-02-22

NIKON D7100; 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

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

Park Mont-Royal - 2014-03-02

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215mm; Focal Length 215mm; Exposure 1/160; Aperture f6.5; Iso 100;

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