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House Finch (Male)

House Finch (Male)
Photo Information
Copyright: Bob Williams (bikefifty) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-26 4:21
Viewed: 3736
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The House Finch is a common visitor to the feeders. The male brings some color to the winter. At times he looks like he has been dipping into the wine bottle.

From Wikipedia:

House Finch

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Parvorder: Passerida
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Carpodacus
Species: C. mexicanus
Binomial name
Carpodacus mexicanus
(Müller, 1776)

The House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) is a medium-sized finch of the Rosefinch genus.

Adults have a long, square-tipped brown tail and are a brown or dull-brown color across the back with some shading into deep gray on the wing feathers. Breast and belly feathers may be streaked; the flanks usually are. In most cases, adult males' heads, necks and shoulders are reddish. This color sometimes extends to the stomach and down the back, between the wings. Male coloration varies in intensity with the seasons and is derived from the berries and fruits in its diet. As a result, the colors range from pale straw-yellow through bright orange (both rare) to deep, intense red. Adult females have brown upperparts and streaked underparts.

Their song is a rapid, cheery warble or a variety of chirps.

Range and habitat:

These birds are mainly permanent residents; some eastern birds migrate south. Their breeding habitat is urban and suburban areas in the East as well as various semi-open areas in the West from southern Canada to northern Florida and the Mexican state of Oaxaca; the population in central Chiapas may be descended from escaped cagebirds.

Originally only a resident of Mexico and the southwestern United States, they were introduced to eastern North America in the 1940s. The birds were sold illegally in New York City as "Hollywood Finches", a marketing artifice. To avoid prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, vendors and owners released the birds. They have become naturalized; in some unforested areas, they have displaced the native Purple Finch and nonnative House Sparrow. In 1870, or before, they were introduced into Hawaii.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-26 4:30]

Hello Bob
Nice capture with good light and great details.Well done

hello Bob
super sharpness
nice colours
great composition
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-26 12:00]

Hi Bob. Firstly thanks for the interesting notes. This is a great side view of this charming little bird. Which you have taken with fine detail and warm colours. With good use of the light well done TFS.

hello Bob

excellent photography of this House Finch male,
shot with fine frontal POV, also fine framing,
beautiful luminosity coming on the bird
and the foreground of the image with superb focus,
wonderful blurred background, great sharpness
and details of the bird and the branch,
and that excellent catch-light that always render
the photo more and more beautiful, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-26 19:33]
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Wonderful image Bob,
Love the natural composition and good eye contact. The colors in this male are extremely beautiful. Very sharp focus and good detail. Perfect exposure!!
I'm taking a guess Bob, is this a Wild Cherry tree that he is perched in?

Hallo Bob
This is a great capture with striking colours. A simple, yet so beautiful composition. A stunning, sharp and special image with lovely colours and clear details. Masterly photographed and I cannot find any fault. You have managed to capture this House Finch in a great full frontal view, displaying all its lovely plumage. Focus, sharpness and framing is great and presented in a most delightful manner. Lovely soft background. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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