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.

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Emerging elm flowers proved to be a great attractant for small groups of American goldfinches and house finches in the treetops. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Four Mile Creek Greenway is a good site to look for winter wrens | Charlotte Observer," 23 Feb. 2018 Unlike many other seed feeders, house finches do not feed their hatchlings high protein sources such as insects. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "House finches right at home raising family here," 17 May 2018 Watch for birds: The park staff also notes that, for birders, the Painted Desert Visitor Center Plaza and the Painted Desert Rim Trail are good areas to see various species of birds, including western tanagers, hermit warblers and house finches. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Petrified Forest National Park: 10 tips for your visit," 28 Mar. 2018 But Cornell spokesman Marc Devokaitis said his best guess is a house finch. Lee Roop, AL.com, "It's not a yellow cardinal, but you might see this rare bird in your yard," 23 Mar. 2018 By the way, house finches sometimes turn yellow for the same reasons. Gary Clark, Houston Chronicle, "Genetic mutation, diet could cause yellow cardinal's rare plumage," 28 Feb. 2018 Other birds that can be attracted to birdhouses in the San Antonio area include woodpeckers, barn owls, flycatchers, screech owls, house finches and tree ducks. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Purple martins are a great addition to the landscape," 4 Jan. 2018 Niger seed, otherwise known as thistle, is adored by goldfinches and house finches. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "No one harmed in Christmas house fire in Broadview Heights," 25 Dec. 2017 Numerous Eastern bluebirds and house finches perched on the fences and wires. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Winter birds are beginning to arrive around Lake Katherine | Charlotte Observer," 26 Oct. 2017

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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