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A Red Bird in a Brown BagThe Function and Evolution of Colorful Plumage in the House Finch$
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Geoffrey E. Hill

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148480.001.0001

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From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli (New York)

From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli (New York)

Populations, Subspecies, and Geographic Variation in Ornamental Coloration

(p.219) Chapter 10 From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli (New York)
A Red Bird in a Brown Bag

Geoffrey E. Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the biogeography of the House Finches, which has an extensive range across North America. House Finches were accidentally established by people on the east coast in the mid-20th century and had spread throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada by the late 20th century. Across their native range in western North America, taxonomists recognize eighteen subspecies of House Finches. Across their range, male House Finches vary in the size of their red throat/breast patch as well as in the brightness of red coloration.

Keywords:   biogeography, subspecies, introduced species, hybrid, geographic variation, red coloration

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