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House Finch

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: 2009-05-03
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/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-04 14:26
Viewed: 5603
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Hi everybody, I'm back! I missed you all. I'm a bit rusty but here we go...

This a male House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) shot in my garden.

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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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-04 14:29]

Salut Mario,je suis tres content de te retrouver ici depuis longtemps,et quel fantastique retour!! Une photo magnifique que avec le noir du background est encore plus parfaite en details et couleurs.Aussi la position de la lumiere a aide' toi ....mes plus gros compliments,j'espere de n'attendre pas le 2010 pour ta prochiane merveille..ehhee...bon Mardi,Luciano

Hello Mario,

Excellent shot. The bird looks beautiful and colourful too.

Thanks for the quality shot.

Olá, Mario!

Ótimo foco nesse lindo pássaro.
Adorei a luz e o fundo escuro (dark BG).
Trabalho muito bem feito. Parabéns!


Hello Mario,
Great shot of this lovely House Finch, Wonderful colors and clarity, excellent compo and pov, superb sharpness and depth of field, nice catchlight in the eye and lovely oof background.

It's been awhile since i've seen you here!
Welcome back!!

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2009-05-04 16:13]

Salut Mario!
content de revoir de tes photos... elle est superbe bravo !

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-04 16:16]

Hi Mario,

I must be psychic - just this morning I was thinking about you and wondering if you would return. I'm so glad you did. A beautiful finch with rich deep colors and fine details. If this is being rusty would you rub some of that rust off on me? Just wonderful against the black background.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-04 16:27]

Merhaba Mario!
Muhteşem renkleri ve kusursuz çekilmiş detaylarıyla oldukça başarılı bir kare. Emeğine sağlık.


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-04 21:31]

Hello Mario
This is also great capture with great sharp details, POV, composition.
Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-04 21:53]

Hello Mario
You capture this bird with excellent details and wonderful colors.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-04 22:11]

Hello Mario,
Welcome back!
A superb capture of a male House Finch taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and lighting against a superb dark BG.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-05-04 22:35]

Hi Mario!

Welcome back to TN! One more proof that TN is a dangerous virus...


You come back with a very pleasant picture of a Hoause Finch. The black background is not very natural, but allows to highlight the bird's beauty and the details in the plumage at best. I also appreciate your detailed notes.

Kind regards


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-04 22:56]

Hello Mario,
I like wonderful scene and warm impressive colour palette. Great magnification and very good reproduction of all details of the cute bird. Light BG is amazing too. My best wishes and TFS.Siggi

Hi Mario ,
So nice shot with great details.
BG is excellent too.
Very well captured

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-04 23:56]

Hello Mario,
I've missed you too. Very good to see you back. And with a wonderful photo of a House Finch. Colours and details are splendid. Perfect POV with an excellent composition and contrasting BG. Great quality!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-05 1:27]

Hi Mario. Yes i good to see you back posting on TN. And what a picture to come back with. You have taken the colourful House Finch with sharp focusing and fine detail. Al lwith rich colours. It stands out so well from the dark BG. well done TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-05-05 3:30]

Hi Mario,
Very beautiful capture of this House Finch.Sharpness,details,catchlight in eyes and dark BG are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Ciao Mario, lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, great contrast against dark BG, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Mario,

Bon retour, La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et les couleurs de ce roselin familier. Le sujet est bien cadré. La lumičre environnante rehausse les couleurs de l'oiseau. Bonne journée.


hello Mario
perfect scene with splendid colours and very good clarity

Hi Mario
Wonderful composition with sharp detail and nice contrast of light and dark areas.Welcome back.
tfs jon

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-05-06 0:34]

Hello Mario,

It is very nice to see again your excelent photos. I am glad you are posting agin after several month.

The light your have caotured is very nice and there are a lot of color tones in the plumage of the bird. The bird stays nicely against the black background.

Thank you for sharing,

Bonjour Mario
Tu as une photo incroyable! Quelle netteté dans les fins détails, la lumičre est fantastique avec de belles couleurs naturelles.
Bravo et merci....JP

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