This little bird shouldn't offer you any big trouble.
The house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) measures between five and six inches in length. It has a red crown, breast, and rump. The house finch is often confused with the purple or Cassin's finch but has a smaller body than the other finches, with a stubby bill and a much more curved culmen. In the early 1940s before the Migratory Bird Treaty, pet suppliers on the West Coast sold the house finch to shops in the East under the name Hollywood finch.
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