Birds with bibs
House finch numbers on the rise in city
Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 06:00 am
Small finch with big beak, streaky brown back, rosy-red face and upper breast, with a red rump. Females are greyish-brown with thick, blurry streaks and no redness.
Camping out at your feeder, singing like it's spring.
Occasionally confused with:
Redpolls, which are just red on top; purple finches, which are nearly identical to them; house sparrows, which have black bibs.
The redness of their chest is determined by the colour of their food, so you can get orange or yellow house finches. Female finches seem to prefer red males as it suggests they are better at finding food.