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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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A Red Bird in a Brown Bag

A Red Bird in a Brown Bag

An Introduction to the House Finch

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A Red Bird in a Brown Bag
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Geoffrey E. Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148480.003.0002

This chapter introduces the House Finch as a study bird. A bird that was introduced to the eastern U.S. in the mid-20th century, it is most abundant in urbanized areas where it nests in nooks on buildings and can be attracted to nest boxes. It can be captured in traps and kept in captivity, making it an ideal study bird.

Keywords:   House Finch, banding, measurements, study bird, molt, coloration

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