Songbirds - Ryan Taylor

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House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

Beavercreek, Ohio

“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” - J.M. Barrie

This male House Finch was captured perched on a Crab Apple (Malus spp.) tree at dusk in my backyard. The males are graced with red upon their crest and upper body, while the females have an overall brown streaky color reminiscent of most sparrows. The golden hour is on full display here, as their entire color and mood of the image changed from even half an hour before.

House Finches are common to see feeding on birdseed in a backyard or flying through urban areas. They make for a strange case as they are non-native to Ohio but are well established. A widespread malaria parasite in the 1990's called "Plasmodium relictum" caused House Finch populations to decline greatly however numbers are stable and of least concern. An easy bird to spot and appreciate.

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