(Leucosticte tephrocotis). Patient Number 21-1685.
Date of admission: October 28, 2021.
Reason for admission: Head trauma.
Grey-crowned Rosy-Finches are small songbirds with short tails and conical yellow bills. Adult males are brown with pale pink patches along their wings, and stomach. Both sexes have a grey head and black head, however, the female has less pink colouring. They are approximately 14 to 16 cm in length and 22 to 26 grams in weight
These finches nest in mountainous regions in crevices in cliffs and forage in grassy and rocky areas amongst glaciers and snowfields above the tree-line. Throughout migration, they can be found in fields, cultivated lands, brushy areas, and around human habitation. They often depend on feeders in the winter or forage in open prairie areas where there are more resources. Their diet consists mostly of foraged seeds, plant stalks, and flying insects.
During the breeding season, the female will start to build a nest, and in mid-June lay a clutch size of 4 to 5 eggs. Both parents will feed and protect the young, who will become fully-fledged in late July or early August.
Their populations are currently stable because they breed in remote sites where the impact of human activity is reduced.
This grey-crowned rosy finch was brought to AIWC after a suspected window collision. She is suffering from head trauma and will remain at AIWC until she has made a full recovery. Thank you for helping to keep her forever wild!
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