As usual in the bird world, the male is brightly colored and the female is plain and drab. My bird book states that "studies indicate that the redder the male's plummage, the more desirable he is to females." Also, House Finches were "originally confined to the West, this finch was called Linnet and intorduced as a cage bird on Long Island, New York, in the 1940's". Smithsonian Handbooks Birds of Texas-Fred J. Alsop III.
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