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Larry Althouse

Taylor, MI, United States

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This partially leucistic female house finch began showing up at my backyard feeders a few weeks ago. There does not appear to be any bullying towards her from the other house finches, at least not any more than what normally occurs from a bird looking for an already occupied perch. The white on her face is not symmetrical on both sides of her head – it is primarily on the left side, giving somewhat of a “Phantom of the Opera” mask type of appearance to her.

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Species: House Finch

Female House Finch With Partial Leucism

Female house finch with partial leucism - chillin' with one of the boys

5 replies on “Female house finch with partial leucism”

Leann says:

I have had one of those birds in my yard since December of last year. Another one just showed up yesterday. The first one only eats seeds from the ground and the second one eats from the ground and both feeders. I have black oil sunflower seeds in one feeder and wild bird food in another. I live in East Texas. I have named the first one Baby Eagle. Don’t know what I’m gonna name the second one. So cute!

David says:

My first sighting of the white headed house finch in southern NH on January 4, 2018. How commen is this bird? I have never seen one before!

Andy Hacia says:

Possible sighting on 28 January 2022 in Pace, FL (approx. 13 miles NNE of Pensacola).
Feeding on ground with other small birds (chickadees, sparrows, munia, etc.). By the time I got the camera, he/she was gone.
Wi try to add photo.

Andy Hacia says:

Possible sighting on 28 January 2022 in Pace, FL (approx. 13 miles NNE of Pensacola).
Feeding on ground with other small birds (chickadees, sparrows, munia, etc.). By the time I got the camera, he/she was gone.
Will try to add photo.

Barb says:

I have been seeing a mysterious white-headed bird at my feeder on and off for several weeks now in February 2022 near Grand Rapids, MI. Looking at the photos here, I am pretty sure it is a leucistic house finch – its size, brown streaking, and other brown plumage is identical to the other house finches (looks like it could be a male with the normally rosy areas all white) and it feeds and flocks with them, at the feeder and on the ground. Never heard of this phenomenon until I googled it today.

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