Keywords:arizona, bird, drinking, finch, flying, fringillidae, grand canyon, haemorhous, house finch, kaibab, male, mexicanus, north america, north rim
Dimensions2701 x 1800
Original file size4.4 MB
House Finch Water Hole
The house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) is a bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is native to western North America and has been introduced to the eastern half of the continent and Hawaii.
Originally only a resident of Mexico and the southwestern United States, they were introduced to eastern North America in the 1940s. The birds were sold illegally in New York City as "Hollywood Finches", a marketing artifice. To avoid prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, vendors and owners released the birds. They have since become naturalized; in largely unforested land across the eastern U.S., they have displaced the native purple finch and even the non-native house sparrow. In 1870, or before, they were introduced to Hawaii and are now abundant on all its major islands. There are estimated to be anywhere from 267 million to 1.7 billion individuals across North America.