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Cassin's Finch Carpodacus cassinii


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Cassin's Finch, male

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Family: Fringillidae, Finches view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has a bright reddish pink crown and reddish pink throat, breast, and rump. Nape and back are streaked brown, and dark wings have two pinkish wing bars and pale edges to flight feathers. Breast color grades into pinkish flush on flanks; underparts are otherwise whitish, with faint streaks toward rear of flanks and on undertail coverts (these are unstreaked in Purple). ADULT FEMALE Has streaked brown upperparts, two pale wing bars, and whitish underparts with bold, distinct streaks (including on undertail coverts). JUVENILE Similar to adult female. Males remain brown in their first year but become sexually mature, sing, and attempt to breed.

Dimensions Length: 6-6 1/2" (15-17 cm)

Habitat Locally common in montane coniferous forests; moves to lower elevations in bad winter weather.

Observation Tips Fairly easy to see within range.

Range Southwest, Northwest, Texas, Plains, Western Canada, Rocky Mountains, California

Voice Song is a rapid, chirpy warble; calls include a slurred tch'wu.

Discussion Similar to Purple, but slightly larger and ranges of two species barely overlap. Bill is conical, with straight culmen. Forms small flocks outside breeding season. Sexes are dissimilar.