The Eggs of House Finch

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House finches lay three to six clutches of eggs during the summer and can raise three of them. The nests of house finches are shallow cup-shaped structures made of fibers that are easily accessible. These birds tend to nest in shrubs cactus cavities and tree branches. Their eggs are bluish-white and are marked with black spots near the large end. In the first few weeks after hatching the baby finches return to their nest to feed their eggs.

What are the types of eggs of house finches

The female incubates the eggs and broods the chicks. The male usually joins the female in feeding and caring for the chicks. The parents do not start incubating the eggs until the last egg is laid. The nestlings are usually fed by both parents. They continue to feed the chicks even after the birds leave the nest. The oldest house finches lived up to eleven years seven months in the wild but most live only a few years.

Generally speaking house finches lay bluish-white eggs with black spots on the larger end. They take about 10 to 12 days to hatch but they can lay up to six eggs at once. The earliest nesting season for house finches is during the spring. However their laying season varies according to the region in which they live and the experience of the pair. It is not uncommon for a pair to lay multiple clutches in a single year.

eggs colors of house finches

If you’re looking for a beautiful bird to add to your collection consider a house finch. The female of the species lays three to six pale blue eggs. These eggs are glossy and give off a high-wattage shine. The chicks of house finches fledge in 13 to 14 days. The eggs of house finches are available at the North American Bird Collection. While their nests are usually on ledges or sand they are also found on the ground in yards.

House finches can lay up to 6 clutches of eggs during one breeding season although it is possible for these birds to lay only six eggs if the nestlings are caught by a predator before they fledge. Despite this it is a good idea to consider these birds for their egg colors. They will typically lay three to six pale blue eggs with black speckling near the large end. Despite their bluish-white coloring House finches do have black spots on their eggs.

How long does it take for finches eggs to hatch?

A female finch lays an egg every day. During the early morning hours it usually lies three to six eggs. It can lay as few as one egg or as many as nine. Females sometimes fail to lay eggs because of improper mating attempts or they may lay single eggs that do not hatch due to lack of proper development or fertilization. In either case you can expect a few days of incubation.

After the eggs hatch the female finches broods them. After they have grown their flight feathers they leave the nest and prepare for the next brood. Female house finches may raise up to six broods each season but only three will hatch into actual babies. Unfortunately house finches are vulnerable to nest raiders and predators. Therefore you should be patient with the nesting process.

Do baby finches return to their nest?

When finches lay eggs they leave the nest about twelve to fifteen days after hatching. Both parents participate in feeding the young but after the first few days of incubation the male takes over the feeding job. After this time the female’s role slowly diminishes as she prepares the nest for the next clutch. It is important to remember that a female House Finch can lay up to six clutches in a lifetime.

During the fledging stage a female house finch lays two to six eggs. These eggs hatch within twelve to sixteen days. The birds leave the nest after about eleven to seventeen days. House finch pairs usually produce two broods a year although not all of these will be successful. It is best to avoid nest sites where parents are likely to abandon their fledglings. Blocking nest sites with bird netting wreaths or hanging plants will discourage the birds from nesting.

Marry J Correy

Marry J Correy

Living in San Francisco, we get to see (and hear) quite a few House Finches all year round.
When a couple of them made their home in my back yard, I started to feed them and even got a little wooden birdhouse.
So I thought I'd tell you what I discovered...

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Living in San Francisco, we get to see (and hear) quite a few House Finches all year round.
When a couple of them made their home in my back yard, I started to feed them and even got a little wooden birdhouse.
So I thought I’d tell you what I discovered…

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