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House Finch

Description: 
This bird is the size of a sparrow, with a square tail, streaked-brown upper parts and white sides heavily streaked with grayish-brown. Males have a brown cap and brown wings with a bright red breast, throat, forehead and eyebrows. Females have a brown-streaked breast and throat with no facial markings. House finches may be confused with the purple finch, which has a notched tail. Also, the red coloration on the male purple finch extends beyond the head onto the wings and sides. The female purple finch has a distinct white eyebrow and white “mustached.” The female purple finch also has a white breast and belly with several short, thick, contrasting dark streaks.
Habitat: 
These birds can be found in cities, towns, and agricultural areas. This is a recent addition to Oklahoma’s bird community; it has been documented in most of the state since the mid-1980s.
Life Cycle: 
At feeders, house finches eat black-oil sunflower seeds, thistle and millet. Away from feeders, they search vegetation and the ground for seeds, berries, buds and some flower parts.
Size: 
Approximately 5.1 to 5.5 inches in length. Wingspan of 7.9 to 9.8 inches.
How to Observe: 

These birds usually feed in small flocks. They prefer hanging feeders and will perch and eat until full or pushed off by other waiting bird species.