house finch

noun

Definition of house finch

: a small finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) that has a male with a red head, breast, and rump and that is native to Mexico and the western U.S. and has been introduced in the eastern U.S.

Examples of house finch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Symptoms of diseases such as house finch eye disease and salmonellosis include reddish or crusty eyes, and neurological conditions such as poor balance and coordination. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 The songbirds most commonly affected include the American robin, blue jay, common grackle, yellowtail flicker, European starling, northern cardinal, house finch, house sparrow, Eastern bluebird, red-bellied woodpecker, and Carolina wren. courant.com, 10 Aug. 2021 The birds most commonly affected include the American robin, blue jay, common grackle, yellowtail flicker, European starling, northern cardinal, house finch, house sparrow, Eastern bluebird, red-bellied woodpecker, and Carolina wren. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 8 July 2021 But the current mystery affliction includes neurological effects not seen with house finch eye disease. Christin Nance Lazerus, chicagotribune.com, 2 July 2021 Villagomez has spotted house finches carrying bits of vegetation to make a nest. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 19 Apr. 2020 Officials say the hospital is seeing more cases than normal of the highly contagious house finch eye disease, which can cause blindness in finches and some other birds, and the birds are coming from throughout the region. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 17 June 2019 It was first observed in house finches in 1994, and the disease has spread to American goldfinches, evening grosbeaks and purple finches. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 17 June 2019 Emerging elm flowers proved to be a great attractant for small groups of American goldfinches and house finches in the treetops. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of house finch

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“House finch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/house%20finch. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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