(Gray-crowned Rosy Finch)
5 3/4-6 3/4" (15-17 cm). Has brown body, pink on flanks, blackish forehead, and gray patch extending behind eye and over crown. Female is less colorful.
Similar Species- Other finches
A brusk tchew-tchew-tchew-tchew; also a chattering call.
Breeds from Alaska, portions of western Canada, and northwestern Montana, south through mountains to east-central California, Utah, and northern New Mexico. Winters from southern Alaska and portions of southwestern Canada, south to eastern California, southern Nevada, northern New Mexico, and northeastern Nebraska.
Found in barren, rocky, or grassy areas and cliffs, among glaciers or beyond timberline. During migration and in winter, also found in open situations, fields, cultivated lands, brushy areas, and aroung human habitation. One of only 2 species in Idaho that nests exclusively in alpine habitats. Gray-crowned Rosy Finch is suspected but unconfirmed as a nesting species in these habitats in Idaho.
Eats seeds and insects.
Builds cup-shaped nest on ground, cliff, or human-built structure. Males typically outnumber females in breeding and wintering populations. During breeding season, male defends "territory" around female wherever she moves. When not breeding, individuals form large flocks of up to 1000+ birds. Species forages on ground, gleans insects from vegetation, or may take insects from air.
Female incubates 4-5 eggs for 12-14 days. Young are tended by both adults, and leave nest at about 20 days. In Aleutians, eggs are laid in late April-July, clutch size is 3-6 eggs, fledging occurs at 15- 22 days, and female produces 2 broods/yr.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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