Mutant house finch observed

Mutant house finch observed

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I've recently been observing a house finch with an orange-y crest, as opposed to the usual carmine.

Threat or menace?

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John Callender

Yeah, coloration of male house finches is really variable. According to one source I was reading, the difference is primarily one of diet: certain finches eat different things, leading to them getting that odd yellowish version of the traditional brick red on the head, throat, and rump.
The percentage of yellowish finches is fairly low, but if you keep your eyes peeled you'll see them from time to time.

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