Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Near Threatened

Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii)


French: Roselin de Cassin German: Cassingimpel Spanish: Camachuelo de Cassin

Carpodacus cassinii

S. F. Baird

, 1854,

near Gemini Peak, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA




SW Canada (S British Columbia and extreme SW Alberta) and W USA S to extreme NW Mexico (N Baja California); winters S to C Mexico (Coahuila S to Michoacán).

Descriptive notes

14·5–16·5 cm; 20·4–37·8 g. Medium-large, slender rosefinch with short, spiky crest (erected when alarmed), conical bill and notched... read more


Song, usually from top of tree or in song flight, a rapid series of short syllables, similar to... read more


Montane and subalpine open, dry, semi-arid conifer forests and woods, including lodgepole pine (... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly seeds and buds of trees; also some insects. Seeds and buds include those of quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) and... read more


Season Apr–Jul; one brood. Monogamous; pair-bond possibly maintained for more than single season. Solitary; also loosely colonial,... read more


Resident and migratory. Present throughout year in parts of range, sometimes as far N as S British... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Formerly common or locally common. In second half of 1970s was assessed as being most abundant breeding bird on... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 29 February 2020).