FA­MOUS FINCHES

Birds & Blooms - - Field Guide -

House finches are the sub­ject of ex­ten­sive re­search. Their range ex­panded dras­ti­cally after 1940, when New York pet stores in­tro­duced the south­west­ern bird to the East Coast. The stores were sell­ing covertly traf­ficked Cal­i­for­nia house finches as “Hol­ly­wood finches.” Get­ting word of a pend­ing crackdown, the store own­ers sim­ply re­leased their il­le­gal stock into the wild.

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