Cassin's Finch

Haemorhous cassinii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

CAFI

Code 6

CARCAS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Cassin's Finch is currently rated as Near Threatened. This is an upgraded rating from Lower Risk in 2000. Cassin's Finch is native to southern portions of Canada and the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. It tends to winter in northern Mexico. It is believed that the primary threat to this bird species is logging. Overall, the population of Cassin's Finch has declined by more than 2% per year over the last several decades.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Cassin's Finch: Medium-sized, cheery finch with bright red crown, brown-streaked back. White belly, pink neck,upper breast and rump. Bill tapers evenly to a sharp point. Forages on ground and high in trees, eats mostly conifer seeds and buds, some insects. Swift bounding flight on rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Cassin's Finch: This species breeds from southern British Columbia and extreme southwestern Alberta south across the western states to southern California, northern Arizona and New Mexico. Visits lowlands in the southern portion of its range during winter. Preferred habitats include open conifer stands at high elevations.

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Cassin's Finch SONGS AND CALLS

Cassin's Finch A1

"Kee-yup" calls.

Cassin's Finch A2

High-pitched begging calls from a juvenile.

Similar Sounding

House Finch UU1

Song is a series of jumbled, warbled notes.

Purple Finch A1

Song is a series of rich, musical warbles.


Voice Text

"cheep, cheep, cheep", "kee-up", "pwee-ee-lip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It craves salt, and is often found visiting mineral deposits on the ground.
  • The male Cassin's Finch stays in its female-like plumage during its first breeding season. It sings like an older male and may give the false impression that both sexes sing.
  • This bird was named after John Cassin, who was a curator at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences.
  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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