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Carpodacus mexicanus  House Finch
These cavity-nesting and branch-nesting granivores had not been recorded breeding in Louisiana until about 1989, but now they nest in cities and larger towns all across the state. Although native to the southwestern U.S. and nearby Mexico, Louisiana's House Finches are derived from birds that were released in the northeastern U.S. in the 1940's.

two photos Copyright 1999 by Bill Bergen 
male (left) and female (right)

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