The Cassin's Finch is very similar to the more familiar Purple
Finch, but is slightly larger with a larger bill and subtle plumage
variations. While Purple Finches can more
often be found in lowlands and in suburban settings, the Cassin's Finch is
normally a bird of mountainous conifer forests. They may occasionally
stage irruptive migrations to lowlands, and rarely may move out onto the Great
Plains in small numbers.
primarily breed in mountainous conifer forests of western North America,
sometimes being found all the way up to the tree line. They are also most
often found in conifer forests during the winter, although many times at lower
Diet: Primarily feeds on seeds, tree buds, berries, and other
small fruits. They are very fond of the seeds of conifer trees. When
available, they will also take insects.
Behavior: Will feed in trees, shrubs, and on the
ground, often in small flocks.
Nesting: June and July
Song: Song Info Here
Migration: They are not strictly migratory, but
are somewhat nomadic. Birds do irregularly move into lower elevation
areas during the winter, and those at the northern end of the range may move
southward a short distance for the winter.
Bird Feeders: Will attend feeders for various
Conservation Status: Numbers appear to be stable.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Cassin's Finch"
Photo Information: Photo
courtesy of George Jameson.