|Short broad beak. Often mistaken for the
Purple Finch, however not quite as richly colored.
Native in the West,
originally with a broad range of habitats from forest edges, smaller
wood stands, and deserts. Now inhabits mostly towns and cities.
Introduced in the East (New York), and has since spread back westward
throughout the U.S. and southern Canada. Hawaii too. One of
the most populous birds in inner cities throughout the continent.
Builds nests of fine twigs, grasses and feathers in a wide variety of
trees, vine thickets, gardens, porches and bird houses. Sometimes
acquires the nest of an Oriole or Cliff Swallow
Lays two to six white eggs which hatch after about two weeks
incubation and young leave the nest in about another two weeks. They may
raise several broods in a season.
A favorite back yard bird, some California fruit growers being an
The House Finch
Nestbox has a 6" by 6" floor, 6" inside ceiling, 2" diameter
entrance hole located 4 1/2" above the floor and ventilation openings.
Assembled with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk
pilot holes. Hinged roof is secured with shutter hooks for easy access.
Mount on a post in the middle of a yard just out of reach. Beware,
with a 2" entrance hole, a mob of House Sparrows will also be attracted
to this house.
House Finches will also nest on