Species group: Other Finches
Other common names: Mexican House Finch, Hollywood Finch
Scientific name: Haemorhous mexicanus or Carpodacus mexicanus
The House Finch is a native protected species which is illegal to keep as a pet in the United States without a special permit. However, there is little incentive for North Americans to own them, since they can be enjoyed just as easily by allowing them to visit a bird feeder or to nest in a hanging plant outside a window. Because of their confiding nature and heavily vegetarian diet, these finches may be relatively easy beginner's birds in countries where they are legal to hold.
They originated in the western United States and Mexico. According to most accounts, they arrived in the eastern United States around 1940, when they were sold illegally in the New York City area as Hollywood finches. When law enforcement cracked down, pet stores and owners apparently released the birds into the wild. There are now millions – if not over a billion – of these hardy birds surviving in the wild in eastern North America.
There is still some debate about the taxonomy of this species, with some experts moving them from the genus Carpodacus into Haemorhous..
The females and youngsters are unremarkable finches, but adult males develop a variable amount of red in their plumage that makes them a stand-out.
21 grams (0.7 oz.)
14 centimeters (5.5 in.)
Behavior / temperament:
House Finches aren't hands-on pets but they appear to enjoy being near people as long as you keep your hands on your side of the cage bars. Some people have reportedly trained their males to sing by allowing them to hear canary tapes.
Like any other finch, House Finches exercise by flying and are entitled to the largest flight cage you can afford. A colony would probably be best kept in a large walk-in aviary.
Unlike many finches which rely on insects and grubs to to raise their young, House Finches seem to do well year-round on a heavily plant-based diet. A good wild bird or finch seed mix could be supplemented with sunflower and millet sprays. For a well-rounded diet, they also need access to fresh green food like wild mustard and chickweed as well as a variety of chopped fruits and berries.
Written by Elaine Radford
soothing singing voice.I, lovely temperament
occasional bickering session, plain brown bird
House Finch - Not exotic still great
What to say about these birds, the first, i do not own them. I do not even work with them but a friend of mine has them and it is great to go there and spend time with these birds. Do I want to own them, yes, will i own them, no. The reason, i love them so much that i want them to be free and have fun while they can.
Our modern life style when we are always in a hurry, where we are always wanting things to happen, these finches just do not cut it. They are not "uber active", they are not even interesting to watch but when you are tired and stressed and the screen of your laptop has started to hurt your eyes, all the social media on your smart phone has blurred your vision, your friends are acting strange, the job is getting tougher, the family is unable to understand what you are doing, it is time to get a cup of coffee or any other beverage that you like, put your feet up and watch the finches go about their life. Immerse your self in the little moment of solitude and let your world be filled with music from their soul ful voice. Do i sound strange and weird? probably, but this is what i get with these birds.
And as i do not even own them, i do not have to do the tedious bits of having a pet, no cleaning, no feeding, no worrying about the visit to the vet, no worries about the males fighting the females or the females being aggressive towards the males, the kids being mauled by the competitors, no medications, no monitoring. No worries, just plain bliss.
There are things about simplicity that are attractive and these birds are the height of simplicity. Nothing fancy, nothing strange, nothing exotic, just plain & simple. These birds with their beauty reassure me that the I am going to be fine, that every thing in the end will be perfect.
I love this breed to bits, if you ever get tired of things around you, try them, sit with them and talk with them. May be you will not feel what i do but let me be honest, it is worth a try..
From Zak_Hades Jul 17 2014 3:23AM
A great bird for the Background
Over the years I've owned a number of different types of birds, including dozens of finches.
These birds are beautiful, with a lovely temperament and a soothing singing voice.
I should mentioned at first, if you love excitement in your life, these may not be the birds for you.
Owning a finch is rewarding; they bring a soothing nature to your home and don't ask for much. Ensure you feed them regularly, provide them with all of the things they need (cuttle fish, egg shells, etc) and you'll have a lovely addition to your home.
They won't speak, and they wont perform acrobatics, but they are simple and easy to care for..
From RichDL Jun 9 2014 2:34AM