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From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli (New York)

Geoffrey E. Hill

in A Red Bird in a Brown Bag

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148480
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893683 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148480.003.0010

Series: Oxford Ornithology Series

From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli (New York)

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This chapter presents the biogeography of the House Finches, which has an extensive range across North America. House Finches were accidentally established by people on the east coast in the mid-20th century and had spread throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada by the late 20th century. Across their native range in western North America, taxonomists recognize eighteen subspecies of House Finches. Across their range, male House Finches vary in the size of their red throat/breast patch as well as in the brightness of red coloration.

Keywords: biogeography; subspecies; introduced species; hybrid; geographic variation; red coloration

Chapter.  11928 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Vertebrates

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