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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Haemorhous
Species: mexicanus (meks-sih-KAY-nus) (Info)


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Albertville, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Barling, Arkansas
, British Columbia
Canoga Park, California
Fresno, California
Highland, California
Laguna Hills, California
Menifee, California
Oakland, California
Paradise, California
San Anselmo, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Santa Cruz, California (2 reports)
Solvang, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
East Windsor, Connecticut
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Austell, Georgia
Mcdonough, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Honolulu, Hawaii
Montpelier, Idaho
Algonquin, Illinois
Cary, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Madison, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Corunna, Indiana
Newburgh, Indiana
Sioux City, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Covington, Louisiana
Hammond, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Simmesport, Louisiana
West Monroe, Louisiana
Dixfield, Maine
South China, Maine
Clinton, Maryland
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Mount Airy, Maryland
Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Paw Paw, Michigan
Remus, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Hamel, Minnesota
Le Center, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Northfield, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Beachwood, New Jersey
Marlton, New Jersey
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Asheville, North Carolina
Cary, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Graham, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Eugene, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Sumter, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Summertown, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Cleburne, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
Katy, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Sanger, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Essex Junction, Vermont
Edinburg, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Sterling, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
Edison, Washington
Shelton, Washington
Appleton, Wisconsin
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Aug 20, 2018, madameyoohoo from A-0 Ski Lodge, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

House Finches have built nests at the top of front porch columns - there is a small platform where the nest is constructed.
Four years and only one time was Ms Finch unhappy with the construction .. she did get to her liking, but it was interesting to watch ( through the Living Room window - one just doesn't move)... Have had 3-4 groups each year and always look forward to the next year.


On Feb 22, 2016, AFinSD from San Diego, CA wrote:

Have seen this bird periodically in San Diego, but had a memorable sighting with my spouse a few years ago in Orange County.

We were visiting the desert plant section at the U.C. Irvine Arboretum. The bird was perched near the top of one of the plants, and serenaded us with a lovely song.


On Dec 30, 2012, hydey6 from Corunna, IN wrote:

I had quite a few over the summer then they went away but I spotted one today at the feeder. I enjoy watching them and they are abit feisty with each other.


On Mar 26, 2012, frogymon from Lisle, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of the most numerous birds at my backyard feeders.


On Aug 10, 2011, FLOWER_FANATIC from Columbus, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I'm pretty sure this is the finch I have seen hanging out at Lowes in Columbus, Ohio on Dublin-Granville Rd. I've seen it for about 2 months now near the Nursery side and I think it has a nest somewhere on that side of the store.


On Jul 27, 2011, friedaroy from New Braunfels, TX wrote:

Love to watch my house finches, I finally decided to give them their own treat though and hung a thistle bag on my front porch away from the other feeders, THEY LOVE IT!


On Aug 31, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

i love this bird. I always knew it was some kind of finch because of its short curvy beak but i had to go online to find out it was called a house finch. They like to make nests in the bushes that line the woods for a whole acre across the back of my property. The last few years their are hundreds of them seen going in and out especially when their nesting their. They are quite noisy things and fairly territorial as this year ive noticed them fighting amongst themselves, especially when they fly to close too anothers nest or newborn chicks in the nest. They love birdfeeders also, and their is a special kind of seed you can get like in the last 5 yrs developed just for these house finches also..peace. mike


On Mar 2, 2010, ladybug_pc from Adairsville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

The house finch is a beautiful bird with a sweet song; they visit my feeders in the spring and summer. Each summer I hate to see so many of them fall victim to the conjunctivitis (sp?) that plagues these lovely birds. My concern prompted me to join the Cornell Bird Institute Watch for this disease. It seems that these birds originiated from a few pairs, and this has made them susceptible to the disease. It also appears that the disease is declining a bit.


On May 24, 2009, kcviolet from Kansas City, MO wrote:

House finches built a nest on my front porch in my Tahitian Bridal Veil hanging basket. I expect them to fledge in about three weeks. We like having them there, but I will move the plant after they fledge, as I understand that they will use the same nest twice in one season. The plant will probably not survive another brood. Everytime we come in or out we get a good scolding!


On Feb 8, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

In the Twin Cities, they are maybe common about the late 1980s or 1990s - but they were confused with Purple Finch - I have seen birds at feeders - about mid 1990s they became much more common - winter flocks of more than 10 is not unusual competing with goldfinches - in the last few years they had crashed hard in the Twin Cities, reduced to a few birds maybe because of the eye disease or maybe west nile. They may be increasing slowly now but I will have to see - mainly only 2 or 3 at my feeder - have seen similiar numbers in Roseville.