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The male is the one with red on its head and upper body, the female is grayish-brown. Both have blurry streaking on their bellies. They reside in West Texas year-round – apparently this property is on the very eastern edge of the range as shown at allaboutbirds.org. (2 Mar 2013)
The female House finch looks very similar to a Pine Siskin. The Pine Siskin is smaller, has different beak shape, and yellow bars on the wings. The differences don’t always stand out unless you closely observe these characteristics.