Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Leucosticte australis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

BCRF

Code 6

LEUAUS

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Brown-capped Rosy-Finch has a very small breeding range of around 15,500 square kilometers. It breeds in alpine, tundra ecosystems in Colorado and northern New Mexico, and winters at lower elevations in the same general range. It has an estimated population of 45,000 individual birds. Although this species has a small population and range, it is not believed to be in decline, and has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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Overview

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch: Medium finch, pink-red overall with black forehead, brown head, breast, back. Black bill in summer, yellow with black tip in winter. Forages on ground, eats seeds, sometimes insects. Swift bouncy flight, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides.

 

Range and Habitat

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch: This species is a resident in the Rocky Mountains from southern Wyoming through central Colorado and into northern New Mexico. These birds descend to lower elevations near breeding areas in winter. Lives in alpine tundra and meadows; winter in nearby lowlands within the same range.

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Brown-capped Rosy-Finch SONGS AND CALLS

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch A1

"Chew" and high-pitched "peent" calls given by birds in a large flock.

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch A2

Male song is a series of "chew" and other call notes.

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Voice Text

"peyt-a-weet", "chew", "peent"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • No other North American species from the Mexican border up breeds at as high an elevation; they will stay in these areas even in chilling -35 C winters as long as snow depth does not obscure their food sources.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park is thought to support a breeding population of 1,000-2,000 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.
  • The population of the Brown-capped Rosy-Finch is declining according to the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Data seem to indicate a steady decline over the last 30 years with average annual total counts of over a thousand in the 1970's compared to about 500 in the 1990's.
  • A group of rosy-finches are collectively known as a "bouquet" of finches.

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Gary Owen Dick

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Irina Rud-Volga

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