Finches and Allies

American Goldfinch, photo by Ron AustingHouse Finch, photo by Tom VezoHawfinch, photo by Mike Danzenbaker

The family Fringillidae includes 23 species found in North America.

Finches are small, seed-eating birds with pointed wings and conical bills. The tail us relatively short and notched. When flying, they have distinctive calls. The flight pattern is typically undulating, as if they were riding on a small roller coaster.

They nest in trees or bushes, building a cup-shaped nest from grasses and twigs. Clutch size is typically 3-5 eggs.

Common Chaffinch
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Black Rosy-Finch
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
Pine Grosbeak
Common Rosefinch
Purple Finch
Cassin's Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
White-winged Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Eurasian Siskin
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Oriental Greenfinch
Eurasian Bullfinch
Evening Grosbeak

Finches - Patuxent Bird ID Center


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