Adults House Finches 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 belly 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.
Mourning Doves are light grey and brown and generally muted in color. Males and females are similar in appearance. The species is generally monogamous, with two squabs (young) per brood. Both parents incubate and care for the young. Mourning doves eat almost exclusively seeds, but the young are fed crop milk by their parents.
Thank you, Indira. 🙂
Couples day! Great shots of both, HJ! 🙂
Thanks so much, Donna. 🙂
It may seem strange, but I don’t know whether I have ever seen a House Finch ‘in person’, HJ! Or if I have, I didn’t know that’s what it was. But I absolutely love Mourning Doves, especially the sounds they make. It always reminds me of where I was living the first time I heard Mourning Doves (or at least realized that’s what I was hearing).
It’s impossible to know every bird species of USA. Some you know and some you never seen. It’s normal. After a while you’ll have seen and know many birds. It’s just matter of time. Thank you Carol, for sharing. 🙂
So true! ☺️
The two mourning doves do look like two melancholy old-timers in the church pew, deserving of their name.
Thanks, D. 🙂
Thank’s a lot, Clare. 🙂
My pleasure, HJ 🙂
The finches’ coloration is striking!
Thank you very much, Chris. 🙂