House Finch

It is official. Mr. House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) has a girlfriend. 🙂 He is an attractive fellow and she is lucky to have him. He is very red–the sign of a good provider among house finches. They seem to have a preference for our garage roof, as I have seen them up there several times over the past few days. I wonder if that has anything to do with their name “house finch”?

Here is a “Cool Fact” about House Finches according to The Cornell Lab of Orinthology

When nestling House Finches defecate, the feces are contained in a membranous sac, as in most birds. The parents eat the fecal sacs of the nestlings for about the first five days. In most songbird species, when the parents stop eating the sacs, they carry the sacs away and dispose of them. But House Finch parents do not remove them, and the sacs accumulate around the rim of the nest.

Anyone under the age of 12 ought to appreciate that. 😆 So, make a mental note. ‘Don’t touch the nest of a house finch.’ Yuck!

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One Response to House Finch

  1. Donna says:

    Thank you for that information. I didn’t know about their sacs.

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