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House Finch  - Haemorhous mexicanus

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

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 & 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.

House Finch

House Finch

House Finch sitting on a branch in the sunshine.

- January 01, 2019

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/3200; Aperture f/11; Iso 4000;
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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Park Mont-Royal - November 26, 2017

NIKON D500; 150-600mm f/5-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/640; Aperture f6.3; Iso 220;
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House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

Park Mont-Royal - March 04, 2016

NIKON D7100; 150.0-600.0 mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 720;
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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 - February 22, 2015

NIKON D7100; 18.0-140.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 400;
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House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

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

Park Mont-Royal - March 02, 2014

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS; 4.3-215.0 mm; Focal Length 215mm; Exposure 1/160; Aperture f6.5; Iso 100;
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