Birdhouses 101 - Finch nesting preference

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The Finch Nesting Preferences

Just like any bird, finches need to build a home where they can be secure from potential predators. Finches live in a variety of habitats. They usually nest in different natural and artificial cavities like old woodpecker holes, hanging plants and sometimes birdhouses. They build nests in the shape of a cup using twigs, grasses and leaves about five to seven feet above the ground.

Although the males may be seen bringing nesting materials, it is actually the female that builds the nest. The house finch in the east lives mostly in the urban and suburban areas notably on buildings, lawns and small conifers. In the western part of the U.S., they exist in deserts, oak savannas, riparian areas and open, coniferous forests.

House finches, as their name suggests, like to be in houses and close to people. And just like humans, they like to stay in areas with roof. They can make use of any available materials left on houses, porches, barns or garages for their nest. These songbirds normally nest in evergreen wreathes, hanging plants, small baskets and on house decorations and light fixtures.

The nest of house finch is an open cup made of fine grass stems, leaves, feathers and other fine materials. They build nests in cavities including openings and ledges of buildings, various types of vegetation as well as in trees and bird boxes. Other times, the finches make use of nests left by other birds. From these observations, it can be said that finches are not very choosy when it comes to nests.

The purple finch prefers to breed in coniferous and deciduous forests, orchards and suburban areas. They build nests in tall areas as high as 60 feet. Both the male and female purple finch make a small and neat cup nest using twigs, rootlets and grasses lined with horsehair.

Female finches lay two to six bluish eggs with fine speckles. They also do the incubating process which takes from 12 to 14 days. Their young are able to leave the nest early at the age of 11 to 19 days. The male, on the other hand, will feed the female on their nest during this time and even days after the eggs have hatched.

The parents still feed their young even after they have fledged. The female may then look for a new mate and raise a new brood. Finches are believed to raise more than two broods in a single season.

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