Photography of Birds – Set # 240

Set # 240

House Finches  (M & F)

House Finches  (M & F)

House Finches  (M & F)

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

Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves

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.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

14 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 240

  1. 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).

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