Cassin’s Finch

Cassin's Finches are small, somewhat round birds with a short, medium, and notched tail and a large conical bill made for eating seeds. Their wings are longer than most other finches and when perches, the tips of the wings come down to the middle of the tail. Adult males are rosy pink overall with vivid red on the crown. Female and fledgling Cassin's Finches are streaked with brown and white throughout their underparts. Both males and females show a dark brown backside with a streaked undertail.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Carpodacus cassinii
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
4-7 Years
SIZE
6-6.3 ” | 0.05-0.075 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

Cassin’s Finches breed in upper elevations of Nevada’s mountains, mostly between 3,000-10,000 feet of elevation. They can also occasionally breed in sagebrush/juniper woodlands, but prefer forests. They winter in the same mountain ranges they breed in.

  • Alpine forests of the Sierras
  • Pinyon juniper forests
  • Upland Forests

Threats

  • Habitat Loss

Natural History

Cassin’s Finches eat seeds, fruit, and occasionally insects. During spring up to 94 percent of their diet consists of quaking aspen buds; they also eat buds of cottonwood and green manzanita. Nesting is usually greater than 15 feet above the ground in larger trees. They are known to forage in groups.

Fun Facts

The Cassin's Finch craves salt, and is often found visiting mineral deposits on the ground.