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Male House Finch

Male House Finch
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red or Rosy Feathered Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-06 8:22
Viewed: 3124
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A male House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus, 13-14 cm)with a Sunflower seed in it's beak and enjoying the afternoon sun. Shot in the garden.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu/

A bright red and brown-striped bird of the cities and suburbs, the House Finch comes readily to feeders. It also breeds in close association with people, and often chooses a hanging plant in which to put its nest.


Medium-sized finch.
Male bright red on head, chest, and rump; female brown and striped.
Bill short and thick, with rounded top edge.
Two thin white wingbars.

Size: 13-14 cm (5-6 in)
Wingspan: 20-25 cm (8-10 in)
Weight: 16-27 g (0.56-0.95 ounces)
Sex Differences
Male red, female grayish brown with stripes.

Song a hoarse warble that goes up and down rapidly. Call note a sharp "cheep."

Conservation Status
Common and benefiting from human development. Eastern populations cut in half by eye disease in the last decade. To find out more about this disease and learn how you can help track it and its effects, go to the House Finch Disease Survey home page, or here for an article on the topic from Birdscope. You can help scientists learn more about this species by participating in the Celebrate Urban Birds! project.

Other Names
Roselin familiar (French)
Gorri�n dom�stico, Gorri�n com�n, Gorri�n mexicano (Spanish)

Cool Facts

The House Finch was originally a bird of the southwestern United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, and they quickly started breeding. They spread across the entire eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.

The red or yellow color of a male House Finch comes from pigments that it gets in its food during molt. The more pigment in the food, the redder the male. Females prefer to mate with the reddest male they can find, perhaps assuring that they get a capable male who can find enough food to feed the nestlings.

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.

PaulH, Jamesp, JoseMiguel, vanderschelden, jhm, nglen, gerbilratz, NinaM, Luis52, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-06 8:33]

Hi Mario,
excellent work, the lighting, pin sharp focus, composition - all excellent. The contrast bewteen light and shadow here is brilliantly done.

Often your added notes make a 100 percent lesson plan. And something you are doing with the precise patterns of the feathers in the last few shots is also bumping things up a notch. Not sure how but the quality of the camera is being surpassed by your knowledge in tis area which seems to grow every day.

Hello Mario,
Perfect shot with good lighting and shadow in it!
excellent sharpness, vivid colour and so much details to complete a perfect composition of House Finch!
well done and TFS
best regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-06 8:41]

Hi Mario

I really like the side lighting in this shot. The pose is great too - with the seed in its beak. Very good focus also.


Hello Mario
You have got really nice lighting here..The details are sharp and the subject looks really nice against the bg..another top shot and a very enlightening note.
Best Regards

Hi Mario,
Beautiful capture of this male house finch.
I like very much the side light and the effect of the produced shadows.
It's so enjoyable the details of the soft light on the plumage
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Very good sharpness, Mario.
Great light and details...

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-12-06 10:27]

Hello Mario,

We see it eye and the beak very nice, very well composition and splendid real colours.
A pleasant with black background.

Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-06 11:14]

Hi mario. Excellent detail and colours in the feathers. very good use of the light to the under side of the bird. well done TFS.

great depth of field to this composition, the shadows add interest, the feathers are superbly detailed...great shot!!

Very cool! The light is wonderful! It brings out all the little details. The seed adds immediacy to the image. Beautiful work once again!

Evelynn : )

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-06 18:46]

Bonsoir Mario, belle photo atmosphérique je trouve. La lumière est dense et contrastée ce qui fige le moment. C'est drôle, on se croirait le matin. J'aime beaucoup la pose de l'oiseau et la graine dans son bec. J'aime l'ombre de la branche sur le côté de l'oiseau. Quelle belle lumière d'hiver. Merci!


hello mario,
beautiful capture of the house finch, the dark bg and the lighting makes your shot a special one, sharp image with very good details of the plumage, pleasing composition,
another fine work,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-07 2:39]

Razor-sharp shot Mario!
Beautiful colours, great contrast and good lighting.
Immense detail and clarity.
Very well done,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-07 15:30]

Hola Mario.- Bella foto, exelente claridad y muy hermoso fondo. La pose es muy hermosa tambien.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-10 19:34]

Hello Mario

Excellent clarity,the focus is sharp with well defined plumage.
The lighting is well handled,and you have managed a nice glint in the eye .
Well composed in the frame.
The POV and DOF are excellent.
The bird stands out against the dark OOF BG.


Bonjour Mario,

Une belle image de ce roselin familier, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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