Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

brown capped rosy finch

Credit: Dominic Sherony

Brown-capped Rosy-Finches are reddish-pink on the belly and brighter wings during the breeding season. They are brown with hints of pink on the rest of their body and brown capped.

Juveniles and non-breeding adults are mainly brown.

  • Leucosticte australis
  • Length: 5.5-6.3 in (14-16 cm)
  • Weight: 0.8-1.2 oz (23-33 g)
  • Wingspan: 13.0 in (33 cm)


Brown-capped Rosy-Finches live in Colorado, and New Mexico in the mountains feeding on seeds, insects, and spiders, and do not migrate.

Habitat And Diet

High up above the tree line is the usual home of Brown-capped Rosy-Finch. They feed off the seeds and insects in the alpine meadows, which they pick off the ground.

In summer they mostly feed on insects such as flies, beetles, moths as well as spiders. In winter, they mostly eat seeds from grass, chickweed, thistle and many other plants.

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch Call:


Nests of Brown-capped Rosy-Finches are found in high elevations like cliff ridges, rock crevices, and caves. The females create a nest made of moss, grass, and weeds lined with fur and feathers.

They can lay as many as five eggs and incubate them for two weeks.

Attract Brown-capped Rosy-Finches

Attract them to your backyard feeders with sunflower seeds or Nyjer seeds.

Fun Fact:

Around 2,000 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches consider Rocky Mountain National Park their breeding ground and natural habitat, so this is a great place to spot them.