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 Villagomez has spotted house finches carrying bits of vegetation to make a nest. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "How a trickle of water is breathing life into the parched Colorado River Delta," 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, "Contagious house finch eye disease reported in Walnut Creek area," 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, "Contagious house finch eye disease reported in Walnut Creek area," 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, "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

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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 29 Oct. 2020.

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