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 Read about house finch eye disease:Is your feeder making birds sick? Cecilia Garzella, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 Among the likely birds in Sacramento: house finch, mourning dove, crow, cedar waxwing, scrub jay, mockingbird, sparrow, goldfinch, junco and woodpecker. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 The bright red cap and breast of the adult male house finch is eye-catching in the landscape. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 7 Sep. 2023 After the bacteria jumped from poultry to house finches in the early-to-mid 1990s, the population of house finches in eastern North America was rapidly cut in half. Cecilia Garzella, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 Now in a relative state of equilibrium, the overall house finch population isn’t rebounding but isn't at risk of extinction either, Hochachka said. Cecilia Garzella, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 Look up: An immature female house finch, with its quiet brown plumage, may be perched on a branch above you, dappled in late afternoon sunlight. Dakota Kim, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023 The Humane Society recommends safflower seed for attracting cardinals, chickadees and titmice; nyjer thistle for goldfinches; and white proso millet for mourning doves and house finches. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 30 June 2023 The Anna’s hummingbirds, house finches, dove and quail coming by for water, nectar or seed during the day. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of house finch was in 1816

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“House finch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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