Black Rosy-Finch

If you’re a bird enthusiast, you may have come across the black rosy-finch. This beautiful bird has captured the hearts of many due to its distinctive plumage and unique features. In this blog post, we’ll explore more about the black rosy-finch with an outline covering basic description, where to find this bird, habitat, food and cool facts.

Basic Description

The black rosy-finch belongs to the family Fringillidae and is known scientifically as Leucosticte atrata. It’s a small-sized finch that measures around 15 cm in length with a wingspan of 30 cm. As its name suggests, it has glossy black feathers with hints of pink on its forehead and wings during breeding season.

Where To Find This Bird

The black rosy-finch can be found in high elevation areas such as rocky mountain slopes or alpine tundras throughout North America from Alaska down through western states like California and Colorado.


This species prefers habitats above treeline consisting mainly of rock outcroppings covered in lichens or patches of snowfields which provide them shelter from predators when nesting. During winter months they will move closer to civilization often frequenting bird feeders near ski resorts at elevations up to 3,500 meters above sea level.


Black Rosy-Finches are primarily seed eaters; their main diet consists of seeds from grasses and weeds found on rocky mountain slopes along with insects during summer months when they are nesting.

Cool Facts

– Black Rosy-Finches are one of only two birds (the other being grey-crowned) that are endemic breeders to alpine environments.
– The males’ pink feathers get brighter as they age compared to females’ pink feathers becoming less bright as they age.
– Black Rosy-Finches often nest in colonies, which is a rare behavior among bird species.
– Some subspecies of the black rosy-finch are endangered due to habitat loss and climate change.

In conclusion, the black rosy-finch may not be as commonly known as some other bird species but its unique features, and high-elevation living make it an interesting and important member of our ecosystem. Conservation efforts are crucial in preserving their habitats so we can continue to enjoy these beautiful birds for years to come.