Black Rosy-Finch

Black Rosy-Finches are small, social birds with a gray crown behind their eyes and pink on their wings and lower belly. Breeding birds have black bodies with a black bill. Nonbreeding individuals have brown bodies and a yellow bill.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Leucosticte atrata
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
2-8 Years
SIZE
5.5-6 ” | 0.05-0.06 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Priority Species
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Non-Game
GAME TYPE
None
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Black Rosy-Finches move from higher cliff habitats during the breeding season, to lower open fields and valleys during the nonbreeding season.

  • Cliffs and Canyons
  • Grasslands
  • Lakes and reservoirs

Threats

  • Habitat Loss

Natural History

Black Rosy-Finches forage on the ground in melting snow for seeds and insects. They have a special pouch at the bottom of their mouth used to carry extra food for their young. Unlike many other songbirds, the Black Rosy-Finch does not defend the site around their nest. Instead, they defend the areas around their mate and chase away other males that may get too close.

Fun Facts

Black Rosy-Finches have a special pouch at the bottom of their mouth that they stuff with extra food to feed their young. This pouch means that they can travel longer distances to search for food, sometimes traveling more than 2.5 miles from the nest site.