Will Elder, NPS
Natural History: The House Finch forages for seeds and other plant parts in areas with nearby escape perches. It roosts and nests in protected areas. This is a monogamous species that nests beginning in March.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in annual grassland areas, coastal and dune scrub, all forested areas, and all developed areas. It breeds in the Presidio.
Frequency: This species is abundant all year.
Identifying Characteristics: The males of the House Finch are brownish in color with a red breast, forehead, stripe over its eye, and lower back. The females are brown with streaks and have a shortish beak.