Slightly larger than the American Goldfinch, House Finches are a common sight at feeders in many areas. Females are mostly brown, while males are recognized by rosy red coloring on their chest and head. House Finches occupy farms, canyons, cities and suburbs and are attracted to seeds and berries. Unlike most birds which feed their young an insect diet, House Finches feed their young regurgitated seeds. Be on the lookout for them at your feeders during nesting season, searching for the perfect bite for themselves, and their young. House Finches have a pleasant, fast and cheery musical warble.
FinchWise,® a blend of Nyjer,® Hulled Sunflower and Millet, is a great choice for these rosy-hued birds. They will readily flock to feeders for it, as well as plain Nyjer and Sunflower Hearts. The meat of the sunflower without the shell, Sunflower Hearts are extra clean and mess-free.
House Finches aren’t picky when it comes to feeders, eating from mesh, tube, platform and window feeders. Pair your Nyjer® and Finchwise® with mesh and Nyjer tube feeders and your sunflower hearts with your platform and window feeders. You are off to a great start in attracting these birds!
House Finches build a cup of grasses, weeds and small twigs in a variety of locations including leafy trees, confiers, hanging planters and holes in buildings and trees. They usually hatch between 4-5 eggs which are bluish white with dark markings. Look for babies in about 13-14 days. They will stick to their parents for a bit after leaving the nest so keep those feeders full!
Did You Know?
The coloring of the male House Finch can range from deep red to golden yellow, depending on available diet during molting.
A group of house finches are collectively known as a “development” of finches.
House Finches are almost strictly vegetarian. About 97% of their diet consists of buds, seeds, and fruits. Once they find a feeder, they will come back time and time again, so be sure to keep them full!