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Thread: a bird feeder hobby, and the problem of infected finches

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigers! View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by abaddon View Post
    Rather attractive birds. Does the red signify the male or female?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_finch#Breeding

    Adults have a long, square-tipped brown tail and are a brown or dull-brown color across the back with some shading into deep gray on the wing feathers. Breast and belly feathers may be streaked; the flanks usually are. In most cases, adult males' heads, necks and shoulders are reddish.

    Females are typically attracted to the males with the deepest pigment of red to their head, more so than the occasional orange or yellowish-headed males that sometimes occur.

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    I had bird feeders for a time. The problem was that around my yard we have about 20 house sparrows for 1 of another bird and the house sparrows would just sit there and throw the seeds on the ground. From there the rodents took over.

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    Just put the main feeder back out after disassembling, cleaning, bleaching and rinsing.

    House Sparrows? Yes, they are a nuisance and need to be kept under control or other cavity nesters are doomed. They're a very aggressive invasive.

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