|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 exception.
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
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