Finches


Finches are among the most popular birds in the United States for outdoor pet enthusiasts!  We all know that they are colorful and friendly, but did you know...

 

Goldfinches

 

• Molt their feathers twice a year - the male becomes brown in the winter!

 

• Make nests that are so well built that they can even hold water!

 

• Call with a per-chick-o-ree and in flight, a see-me, see-me. The song is a melody of trills and sweet notes.

 

House Finches

 

• Spread across the United States, partially due to the help of humans who kept them as caged birds (known as "Hollywood Finches").

 

• Call with a chirp or queet.  The song is a repeated warble ending with a harsh chee-ur.

 

• Will even visit a sugar water feeder on occasion!

 

Purple Finches

 

• Are the "country cousins" to the House Finch - they spend most of their time in the woodlands.

 

• Live in nomadic flocks that descend on a backyard, then move on.

 

• Calls with a sharp, metallic tick, and in flight a musical chur-lee. Their song resembles that of a house finch, but lacks the harsh final notes.