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purple finch

Lives of North American Birds. They nest on a horizontal branch or in a fork of a tree.

The male purple finch is washed with a raspberry red (not purple), as if he’d been dipped upside down in raspberry juice. http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/purple_finch, https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Purple_Finch/lifehistory#, http://www.uwgb.edu/birds/greatlakes/species/pufi.htm, http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Carpodacus_purpureus/, Northeastern United States, Canada, U.S Pacific coast, During summer evergreen and conifer forests, mixed forests and coniferous, wooded streams and during the winter season weedy fields and shrubby areas, Seeds, nectar, buds, berries, and insects, Their beak is designed in a way that they can eat the seed without consuming the fruit, similarly, they can get to the nectar without spoiling the flower, Merlin, barn owl, blue jay, sharp-shinned hawk, domestic dogs and cats. Nest: Placed on horizontal branch or fork of tree (usually conifer in East, deciduous trees often used in far West), often well out from trunk. The 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. Adult males are raspberry red on the head, breast, back and rump; their back is streaked. Johann Friedrich Gmelin, the famous botanist and naturalist described the species for the first time in 1789, although the female purple finch was described earlier (1763) by the English physician Richard Brookes as ‘Chiantototl’. Finches, Euphonias, and Allies(Order: Passeriformes, Family:Fringillidae). Purple finches are about six inches in length. Putting out a birdfeeder with black-oil sunflower seed will almost assure you of attracting them if in the area.

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1 brood per year, possibly 2 in Pacific Coast region. Males suffused with raspberry red, especially on head and breast. This species and the other "American rosefinches" were formerly included with the rosefinches of Eurasia in the genus Carpodacus; however, the three North American species are not closely related to the rosefinches of the Old World, and have thus been moved to the genus Haemorhous by most taxonomic authorities.

Purple Finches from the Pacific Coast are duller and sing a faster song than Eastern birds. They usually avoid bird feeders which are frequented by house finches and house sparrows.

In migration and winter, found in a wide variety of wooded and semi-open areas, including forest, suburbs, swamps, and overgrown fields.

As you can see, it isn’t purple; it’s rose-red. Sign in to see your badges.

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