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Purple Finch (male)

Haemorhous mexicanus

Description:

Adults have a short forked brown tail and brown wings and are about 15 cm (4 in) in length and weigh 34 g (1.2 oz).[5] Adult males are raspberry red on the head, breast, back and rump; their back is streaked. Adult females have light brown upperparts and white underparts with dark brown streaks throughout; they have a white line on the face above the eye.

Habitat:

Their breeding habitat is coniferous and mixed forest in Canada and the northeastern United States, as well as various wooded areas along the U.S. Pacific coast. They nest on a horizontal branch or in a fork of a tree (from From Wikipedia)

Notes:

I think this is finch, but it did not look like a house finch to me. This bird was deep red. I know that my pictures are not in good quality, but can you help identify this bird? Thank you!

7 Comments

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 8 years ago

Happy to help!

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Now that I know the name, I checked Wikipedia. "Adult males are raspberry red (see above)," so this is a male finch. I am very happy to find the name. Thank you so much again!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 8 years ago

You're right on the colour: this is more raspberry than purple. Some subspecies are lighter than the one you spotted. Which may explain the "purple" name?

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Thank you very much Jemma. You said it right. It looks like raspberry color. I found this bird together with bright yellow gold finches, so it really stood out and I was happy.

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Thank you so much Noah. I truly appreciate your help. It was more read than purple, but I cannot change the name already given :-)

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

looks like it was dipped in Raspberry sauce.

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 8 years ago

Red colour extends to all cap, nape and flanks for purple finch. No brown cap as for House Finch.

RiekoS
Spotted by
RiekoS

New York, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on May 8, 2013

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