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Purple Finch
Carpodacus purpureus

Finch-like Birds
Finch-like Birds (Fringillidae)

Size: Length: 13-15 cm

Description: A small, but common spring migrant, the purple finch is a rare nester in the mountains, but more common in the foothills. Look for them in open forest, usually in a pine or spruce forest interspersed with aspen or poplar. They are sparrow-sized, with a red head, neck, breast, back, rump and shoulder. The back is lightly streaked with brown. There is a faint eye streak. The dark wing feathers are edged with light pink. Two white bands are visible in the wings. The abdomen is white, and the upper tail feathers black. Females are more drab, olive-gray streaked with brown above and a gray streaked white belly. There is a dark cheek, bordered above by a dark eye-line and a light eyebrow. They feed on seed, buds, berries, catkins and insects. The nest is at varying heights, usually in a conifer. It is rarely close to the trunk, but more commonly placed some distance along a horizontal branch.

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