Male: Dull rose red, brightest on head and rump, flanks unstreaked. Stands approximately 5-5 1/2" or 13-14 cm tall.
Female: Heavily striped, brown, sparrowlike. Stands approximatley 5-5 1/2" or 13-14 cm tall.
Voice: Their song is a fast, lively warble; note, a dull metallic tik or pik.
Food: A variety of insects but mostly interested in thistle and weed seeds.
The female is distinguished from the female House Finch by a broad dark stripe, dark ear patch, broad light stripe behind eye, more deeply notched teil, and largish bill.