Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

Leucosticte tephrocotis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

GCRF

Code 6

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch is a medium-sized bird which was once considered to be the same species as the Asian Rosy Finch. This species breeds on rocky islands and open spaces on mountains. They range from Alaska to the northwestern United States. Nests are built in a cup shape, and are on the ground or cliff. Usually, the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch is a permanent resident of some islands and the Canadian Rockies. Some populations migrate during winter months to the western United States. They forage for food on the ground and catch insects while flying. Diets consist of seeds and insects. The conservation rating for the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch: Medium finch with brown body and pink on shoulders, flanks, and belly. Forehead is dark brown. The black bill turns yellow with a dark tip in the winter. Back of head and belly have gray patches. Forages in bushes, trees and on ground for seeds and insects. Bounding flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch: Breeds from in the western range of North America from Alaska to California. Winters from southern British Columbia and Alberta south to Nevada and New Mexico. Residents occur along the Aleutian Islands and the Pacific Northwest. Prefers alpine tundra and high snowfields; winters in nearby lowlands.

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Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch SONGS AND CALLS

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch A1

Most common call is a repeated "chew".

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch A2

Quiet calls from a small flock.

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Voice Text

"cheep-cheep-cheep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Perhaps because of its remote breeding sites, the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch seems almost fearless. On its breeding grounds, foraging birds can be approached to within 3-6 feet.
  • At one time, this bird, the Black Rosy Finch and the Brown-capped Rosy Finch were considered to be the same species: the Asian Rosy Finch.
  • A group of rosy-finches are collectively known as a "bouquet" of finches.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

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Author

Gary Owen Dick

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Kavita Jhunjhunwala

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