Distribution / Range
In the summer these birds can be found in California and from Montana to Utah, along the eastern Rocky Mountains. Their habitat includes rangelands and savannas.
These birds migrate to their winter quarters between Southern California and northern Central America. They are permanent residents in south-central Mexico, and their main wintering ranges are west of the Sea of Cortez on Baja California Sur, and east of the sea on the mainland of western Mexico.
Adults average 15 cm (6 in) in length. They have a short forked brown tail and brown wings.
Adult males are raspberry red on the head, breast, back and rump; their back and undertail are streaked.
Adult females have light brown upperparts and light underparts with brown streaks throughout.