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House Finch Orange Variant

House Finch Orange Variant
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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: 2007-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-30 7:40
Viewed: 3002
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Here's a male House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus, 13-14 cm) but of the 'orange' variant. This one was caught at Bois Papineau in Laval.

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.

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Hello Mario,
Superb image...
Image of the day so far;-)
I do love it.
Want to underscore the strong and vivid colors, the beautiful natural light and the effective BG.
Well done


I like this shot also,
Nice pose of the bird,
Great with the blue in the background,


hello mario,
lovely capture, the sharpness, exposure and the composition are well managed, the colours are beautiful,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Mario
Great light. Beautiful blue background with OOF branches. Perfect sharpness and nice diagonal compo with a branch and bird on the left
Best wishes

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-30 8:10]

Hi Mario,

Nice to see one of the differently colored finches. An adorable pose with good colors and details. Lovely in this setting against the blue sky.


Hello Mario
Very nice shot of this beautiful House Finch,
Perfect details,colors and POV,Welldone my friend.

Good Luck

Hola Mario.
Una delicada captura.
Detalles excepcionales como siempre y genial presentación.
Muy interesante tu nota, un cordial saludo, JL.


Hello Mario
Excellent shot of this beauty :)

Bonjour Mario,

Je n'ai jamais vu de roselin de cette couleur! Photo très réussie en général, point de vue, cadrage, netteté, couleurs sont magnifiques, le flash est utilisé avec modération. Dommage quand-même pour l'ombre d'une branche traversant la tête. Merci,


Hello Mario,
This is a super fine close up of the House finch!
perfect sharpness with excellent exposure and focus!
a very pleasing presentation indeed
keep up the good work!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-01-30 10:13]

Bonjour Mario,
A chaque fois que je fais un passage sur TN c'est toujours un plaisir de découvrir les superbes oiseaux de notre talentueux photographe canadien !
Encore bravo pour la beauté et la qualité de vos clichés, merci pour le partage,

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-30 10:43]

Hi Mario
This is bery nice bird
very good sharp and details
have a nice day

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-30 10:49]

Just to mark ...you know how i think about..eheheh..thanks for share,Luciano

Blue is so dominant. Almost an orange'ish brown and blue...well there ya go..talk about stand out eh? You still taking bird pics eh? Notice the random eh? eh? I'm thinking of a short trip to Canada and getting my accent down....Nice image mon ami!

Hi Mario, wonderful bird with excellent details and good sharpness, great composition with splendid colorful BG, elegant presentation, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-30 13:28]

Hi Mario

Really superb colours here combines with a great pose and great detail.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-30 13:49]

Hola Mario,
perfecta presentación y detalles hermosos,
buen foco, color y ambiente...

salut Mario

comme d'habitude superbe photographie,
un merveilleux background (j'aimes beaucoup)
excellent détails du plumage, excellent profondeur de champs,
beau contraste et belle densité des couleurs,
et j'aimes surtout de la façon dont l'oiseau est cadré dans l'image



Hello Mario,
This is beautiful, the colours and detail of the House Finch are superb, excellent d.o.f, and the background colours are stunning, well framed, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-31 1:56]

Perfect photo Mario!
The image quality is amazing!
Very nice colours and lighting.
Superb DOF and BG.
Very, very well done,

Olá Mario

Pássaros são difíceis de fotografar...você obteve um belo resultado...perfeito, parabéns.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-31 6:37]

Hola Mario.
Agradables tonos de colores y muy hermosa la pose de este "chilero"
El fondo difuso luce muy bello tambien.
Saludos Mario.

Como siempre Mario, unas capturas impresionantes. En esta destacan la luz y el enfoque con un realismo increible tanto en el ave como en la rama. Un buen encuadre y un fondo muy adecuado.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Hello Mario,
The fill flash works nicely to brighten the plumage a tad!
Good pose and an effective point of view, and the little fellow shows his best side indeed...
Attractive composition with the diagonal branch!
Pablo -

Bonjour Mario,
Magnifique, superbe composition, les couleurs avec la belle lumière sont superbes, je suis comem Claudine je trouve qu'il y a un tout petit peu de bruit dans le BG, qui suis-je pour me permettre un tel commentaire...

Nice shot. He is sharp and has good color. I wouldn't want to walk into that branch though. It looks unforgiving. TFS

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-01 19:23]

Hello Mario,
Another in a long line of superb image by you my friend. Outstanding work Mario, thank you.

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