My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Fringilline Finches, Cardueline Finches, and Allies


Fringilline Finches, Cardueline Finches, and Allies

Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae
Finches are seed-eating passerine birds, that are small to moderately large and have a strong beak, usually conical and in some species very large. All have 12 tail feathers and 9 primaries. These birds have a bouncing flight with alternating bouts of flapping and gliding on closed wings, and most sing well. There are 10 Michigan species.

If the species name appears in bold text and as a link, it will take you to the post that I have done which contains my photos.

American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis

Common Redpoll, Acanthis flammea

Evening Grosbeak, Coccothraustes vespertinus

Hoary Redpoll, Acanthis hornemanni

House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus

Pine Grosbeak, Pinicola enucleator

Pine Siskin, Spinus pinus

Purple Finch, Haemorhous purpureus

Red Crossbill, Loxia curvirostra

White-winged Crossbill, Loxia leucoptera

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