Finches

The house finch is a common bird throughout Willapa National Wildlife Refuge/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

Finches are seed-eating birds with stout conical bills and undulating flight. In winter, finches often gather in mixed flocks with other types of finches. Learn more about the finches at Willapa…

  • American Goldfinch

    The American goldfinch sports bright yellow and black feathers/Photo Courtesy of Rollin Bannow

    This brightly colored finch is one of the area’s latest breeders. Discover more about the state bird of Washington…

  • House Finch

    House finches have a blush of pink on their heads and back, but can sometimes be yellow or orange instead/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    House finches are common, but their color is not. They can be reddish-pink or yellow or orange on their heads and back.

    Learn more about the house finch…

  • Pine Siskin

    The brown streaks of the pine siskin are dressed up with yellow on their wings and tails/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    These lively, streaked finches travel in noisy flocks throughout the refuge.

    Uncover more about the pine siskin…

  • Purple Finch

    The purple finch looks like it was dipped in raspberry juice/Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Not purple at all, these finches look like they have been dipped in raspberry juice.

    Find out more about purple finches…

  • Red Crossbill

    Red crossbills unusual bill helps it to extract seeds from cones/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Red crossbills are a rare sight at the refuge as they travel widely to find food. They nest here in coniferous forest. Their unusual bill helps it to extract seeds from cones.