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 Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)




Purple Finch | Carpodacus purpureus photo
Purple Finch (Male), Black Creek, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Purple Finch | Carpodacus purpureus photo
Purple Finch (Female), Black Creek, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

PURPLE FINCH FACTS

Description
The Purple Finch has brown wings and a slightly forked tail. The male Purple Finch has reddish head and neck, with darker ear patch. There is a reddish wash over the back. Female Purple Finches are streaked brown and gray above, white with dark brown streaks below, and have pale stripe above the eye. Immature birds are similar to females. The Purple Finch is similar to the House Finch, but the House Finch is darker red.

Size
length 15cm

Environment
coniferous forest, mixed forest, woodland

Food
seeds, berries, insects.

Breeding
Nest an open cup made of twigs and roots, lined with grass and other plant fibers. The nest is built on a tree branch. Lays two to seven (usually four) pale green blue eggs with dark spots.

Range
found in southern Canada, eastern half of the United States, and along the Pacific Coast to southern California. Breeds in southern Canada, northern eastern United States, and Pacific coast of United States.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Fringillidae
Genus:Carpodacus
Species:purpureus
Common Name:Purple Finch


Relatives in same Genus
  Cassin's Finch (C. cassinii)
  House Finch (C. mexicanus)