Black Rosy-Finch

Black Rosy Finch
Credit: Tom Benson

Black Rosy-Finch are medium-sized birds recognizable because of their grayish-white crown against a black head. The rest of their body is brownish-black with pink streaks on their belly.

Breeding adults are darker black all-over, making the pink streaks on the wings and belly stand out. Juveniles are browner in color.

  • Leucosticte atrata
  • Length: 5.5-6.3 in (14-16 cm)
  • Weight: 0.8-1.1 oz (22-32 g)
  • Wingspan: 13.0 in (33 cm)


Black-Rosy-Finches live in alpine western US mountains all year.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Black Rosy-Finch among alpine tundra and meadows. They prefer rocky summits and snowfields but may move to lowlands and open country during the winter. Their breeding ground can be found in mountain peaks, rock piles, and cliffs. 

In the summer, Black Rosy-Finch eat insects and worms, and they also eat seeds, leaves, and young plants. In winter, they eat mainly seeds.

Black Rosy-Finch Call/Song:


Nests of Black Rosy-Finch are in inaccessible places, like cliffside crevices and niches between boulders. The female builds the nest out of grass, moss, animal hair, and feathers. She will lay around four eggs, and they hatch in two weeks. The young leave the nest after another three weeks.  

Fun Fact:

Black Rosy-Finches use a unique pouch at the bottom of their mouth to store extra food for their young.