Backyard Birds

Black Rosy Finches (Leucosticte atrata)

The Black Rosy Finches (or Black Rosy-finches), Leucosticte atrata, are medium-sized finch that occurs naturally in the mountain areas above the tree-line in the western United States.


Finch Data: Range, Length, Clutch-size and Incubation Periods for each Finch Species


Most birds migrate short distances to lower elevations and further south.

At one time, the three North American Rosy finches were considered to be one species.

  • The lovely photos to the right are by E. J. Peiker — for high resolution photos, please visit his website:


Adults are black on the head, back and breast. They have pink colorations on the abdomen, rump (lower back) and wings.

There is a grey patch at the back of the head.

They have short black legs and a long-forked tail.

Breeding / Nesting:

They typically build a cup nest in a cavity on a cliff.

Diet / Feeding

The Black Rosy Finches mainly eat various seeds from weeds and grasses, as well as insects.

They are usually seen feeding on the ground, but may fly to catch insects in flight.

They often feed in small flocks, sometimes together with Grey-crowned Rosy Finches.

Further Finch Reading

Photo, Video and/or Article contributions are welcome! You can Upload articles and images here. Thank you!

Beauty Of Birds strives to maintain accurate and up-to-date information; however, mistakes do happen. If you would like to correct or update any of the information, please contact us. THANK YOU!!!


Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button