Purple Finch

The Purple Finch, Carpodacus purpureus, is a bird in the finch family Fringillidae.

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The Purple Finch is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Purple Finch, a sexually dimorphic species, is moderately common across the northern United States, southern and central Canada, and the west coast of North America. The male, with its complex warbling song and raspberry red coloration, is one of the more conspicuous birds in its range. The female, by contrast, is an inconspicuous, drab, sparrow-like bird. Primarily an inhabitant of moist coniferous forests during the breeding season, this finch also breeds in mixed forest, in ornamental plantations, and in clearings associated with bogs. More

The Purple Finch, Carpodacus purpureus, is a bird in the finch family Fringillidae. Contents - * 1 Taxonomy * 2 Description * 3 Habitat and distribution * 4 Behavior * 4. More

involved by the fact that the Purple Finch is normally a late migrant, so that there are, in reality, two sets of notes, one of birds that have wintered unnoticed in the deep woods and are recorded when they spread to the open country during the first warm days of spring, and the other of migrants from the south that arrive two to six weeks later. As Cooke implies, the spring migration is later than one might suppose. More

The Purple Finch has a large range, estimated globally at 4,500,000 square kilometers. Native to North America, as well as Saint Pierre and Miquelon, this bird prefers Boreal or Temperate forest ecosystems as well as arable or pastureland, plantations, and even rural and urban areas. The global population of this bird is estimated at 3,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. More

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the Purple Finch female is dramatically different than the very plain face of the House Finch female. Males are a bit trickier. Purple finches tend to have more extensive red coloring than the House Finch male, especially on the back and back of head. House finch males have distinctive streaks on their flank. Other differences for both males and females (bill, tail, etc.) are noted below. More

Purple Finch - Carpodacus purpureusA winter visitor often seen at home feeders. Purple Finch populations in the East have been hard hit, first by competition with the introduced House Sparrow, and then by the introduction and spread of the House Finch in the East. The photo on the right shows a male, while additional photos of both males and females can be found at the bottom of the page. More

The song of the Purple Finch is sweet and continued, and I have enjoyed it much during the spring and summer months, in the mountainous parts of Pennsylvania, where it occasionally breeds, particularly about the Great Pine Forest, where, although I did not find any nests, I saw pairs of these birds flying about and feeding their young, which could not have been many days out, and were not fully fledged. More

The Purple Finch is the bird that Roger Tory Peterson famously described as a “sparrow dipped in raspberry juice.” For many of us, they’re irregular winter visitors to our feeders, although these chunky, big-beaked finches do breed in northern North America and the West Coast. Separating them from House Finches requires a careful look, but the reward is a delicately colored, cleaner version of that red finch. More

first ever Purple Finch and it was an unforgettable thrill. No matter where you live in Sonoma County, chances are, House Finches are a familiar sight to you. These 6″, talkative little birds get their name from their habit of hanging around houses. They build their nests in the eaves of buildings or in trees, and their warbling, liquid song is a constant around the bird feeder. More

The Purple Finch population has declined sharply in the East due to the House Finch. Most of the time, when these two species collide, the House Finch out competes the Purple Finch. This bird has been also displaced from some habitat by the introduced House Sparrow. Behavior - Diet These birds forage in trees and bushes, sometimes in ground vegetation. They mainly eat seeds, berries and insects. More

Similar declines in suburban Purple Finch populations in the first decade of this century were attributed to expansion of the House Sparrow, another introduced species. male Purple Finch by Larry McQueen (12387 bytes) The state bird of New Hampshire, the Purple Finch is a bird of coniferous and mixed forests, as well as park-like areas, breeding in the northeastern United States, across southern Canada, and in the Cascades and western Sierra Nevada ranges of the West Coast. More

The Purple Finch has a plumper body with a fairly large head and short, conical bill. (Pacific birds have larger bills similar to Cassin's.) The tail is shorter and deeply notched, and birds in certain postures show a peaked crown. Listen to song. Cassin's Finch shows a slightly larger, chunkier body with a large head. This species has a shorter, deeply notched tail and often appears to have a peaked crown. More

North American RangeThe Purple Finch is closely related to the Cassin's Finch and the House Finch, and in fact, there are places in Washington where all three species can be found. All three species are streaked, and the males of all three have red plumage. Male Purple Finches typically have brown undertones on their backs and wings, but are reddish-purple overall (with the exception of their white bellies), with the brightest coloring on their breasts and heads. More

Purple finches live throughout Wisconsin in winter, and in northern Wisconsin in summer. Purple finches like to eat thistle seed, millet, and sunflower seeds at the feeder. Back to the Bird Poster . More

Purple Finch Range Map | Hear This Bird! Photo Credit: PowderMill Bird Banding Description: The male Purple finch resembles a sparrow dipped in cranberry juice. It has a rose-colored body with a white abdomen. Its wings and back are brownish. The purple finch has a short, but thick conical bill used for cracking seeds. Female Purple Finches are mostly brown, with two conspicuous white stripes through each side of the head. The underparts are white with brown streaks. More

Purple Finch is a plump bird. Male has head, nape, face, throat, breast, flanks and rump rose red, brightest on head and rump. Hind neck, back and scapulars are deep red, streaked with brown. Wings and tail are brown. Belly and undertail coverts are white. Tail is strongly notched. Conical bill is short, relatively thick and pointed. Adult female doesn’t have red colour. More

the 1800s, states that the purple finch was a common summer resident of the southern New England states. The introduction of the English house sparrow in the late 1800s displaced the purple finch from residential areas, but it was still common in the rural areas of New England. The introduction of the house finch in New York during the 1900s further reduced the purple finch breeding range. More

Declines in northeastern Purple Finch populations, especially in suburban areas, may be correlated to competition with expanding introduced populations of the closely related House Finch. Similar declines in suburban Purple Finch populations in the first decade of this century were attributed to expansion of the House Sparrow, another introduced species. Attracting Finches Visit Shaw Creek Bird Supply to see our selection of Purple Finch Feeders. More

The male Purple Finch is about 6 inches in length and has a raspberry or wine colored upperpart, breast and flanks. The birds colors are brightest in summer. The head of this bird is covered with red with little or no brown streaking on breast or flanks. The female purple finch has a well defined pattern on the face, broad white eyebrow, brown eyeline, and white cheek. Her underparts have broad, blurry, brown streaking with no streaking on undertail coverts. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Fringillidae
Genus : Carpodacus
Species : purpureus
Authority : (Gmelin, 1789)