The Twin Cities area of Minnesota may host many species of finches in the winter, including a couple of species that reside in the area year-round. Here’s a guide to identifying some of those small birds that may be flocking at your feeders.
American Goldfinches (Year Round)
In the winter months, American Goldfinches exchange their bright yellow plumage for a dull olive-yellow coat. Look for the white wing bar on their black wings.
House Finches (Year Round)
House Finches have square-tipped tails and are heavily streaked. Males have a rosy, red-to-orange forehead and breast. They are common, year-round birds in Minnesota and may be mistaken for Purple Finches, which appear infrequently during irruptions in Minnesota. Shown: male House Finch (left) and female House Finch (right)
Occasional Winter Finch Species
Depending on food availability in their home ranges, we may see visits from some of these species in the winter in the Twin Cities Area (some are more common in Northern Minnesota).
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