Purple Finch

Haemorhous purpureus

Finches and Relatives

Purple Finch

Haemorhous purpureus

Finches and Relatives

Purple Finch
Purple Finch

Daniel Fitzgerald

Daniel Fitzgerald

Found in open woodlands, along forest edge, and in second-growth habitats or weedy areas.


Pinkish-red on head, throat, and breast. Told from House Finch by lack of brown streaking on belly and flanks. Back is streaked and also pinkish-red in color. Female has broad eyebrow.


Uses twigs, grasses, fruits, and mosses to build its cup-shaped nest in trees. Primarily feeds on plant matter (seeds, buds, blossoms, nectar, and fruit); occasionally eat insects.

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Purple Finch