General Description: Small-bodied finches with large, slightly curved beaks. Adult males typically have rosy red heads upper breasts, and rumps; but there is considerable color variation, from pale yellow to orange to bright red. The back, belly, and tail are streaky brown. Females are plain grayish brown with thick, blurry streaks.
Habitat: Native to open woodland, grassland, and desert habitats. Also adapted to urban parks, backyards, and farms.
Behavior: Flocks are common at bird feeders throughout the year. The species forages on the ground, and also perches in shrubs, trees, and plants. Both male and female may sing during breeding season; males sing year ’round.
Diet: Primarily seeds, buds, nectar, and berries. They also eat some small insects, especially aphids. The bird’s color variation is related to diet.
Range in North America: Found to the east and west of the central plains of the United States.
When to See in Washington: House finches are common year round throughout Washington.