Purple Finch (male and female)

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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Length 6 1/4 inches This species is known only as a migrant to the people of the United States dwelling south of the northern tier of states. The Purple Finch is just a rose-colored Sparrow, the male being streaked and marked with raspberry-red over a portion of his body, while the plainly colored female might easily be mistaken for any one of a number of sparrows. In winter the Purple Finch scatters in small flocks over much of the eastern United States south of its breeding range. In the South it prefers cedar thickets and evergreen forests. It has a natural roving disposition and wanders widely, occurring with no degree of regularity in a given locality. on account of its habit of eating tender buds, particularly those of fruit trees, orchardists now and then have lodged vigorous complaints against this bird. Its song is a sudden, clear, joyous burst of meloday, which ranks high as a vocal performance. The nest is usually on the branch of an evergreen and is composed of grasses and small weed stalks lined with horsehair. Three or four greenish-blue eggs spotted with brown are laid. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Fringillida. Scientific name: Carpodacus purpureus. Range: Eastern North America, breeding from British Columbia, Ontario and Newfoundland to North Dakota and New England. Winters south of its breeding range to the Gulf States

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