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House Finch

Description: 
The nomadic brown-headed cowbird once needed an alternate nesting strategy as it followed the herds of bison across the plains. Because of this wandering lifestyle, the female cowbird was unable to attend her nest. This nesting strategy has continued to this day. Female cowbirds can lay up to 40 eggs a year in the nests of several different bird species.
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.