Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

Leucosticte australis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

BCRF

Code 6

LEUAUS

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3 - 5



Incubation Days:

12 - 14



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

Under eaves of buildings., In ridges of cliffs, In rock crevices, Caves



Nest Material:

Moss, grass, weeds and rootlets., Lined with fur, hair and feathers.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch: Medium-sized finch, pink-red overall with black forehead and brown head, breast, and back. Bill is black in summer and yellow with black tip in winter. Female and juvenile lack pink on shoulders and rumps.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch: Three to five white eggs are laid in a nest made of moss, grass, weeds, and rootlets, lined with fur and feathers, and built on a cliff ridge, rock crevice, cave, or under a building eave. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch: Eats mostly seeds, but takes some insects in summer; forages on the ground.

Vocalization

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch: Song is a twittering canary-like song, given in courtship flight by male.

Similar Species

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch: Gray crowned Rosy-Finch and Black Rosy-Finch have gray head patches.

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