~A Sojourn~ Life on Planet Earth~
header photo-Riley Moore Falls, Oconee Co., SC
"Did you ever suffer an attack of a wandering foot caused by the lure of that mystic unknown? There's is no permanent cure, relief only had
while making the wilds your home."
I probably should have saved the recent Cliff Swallow post for the WBW but I didn't realize it was so close to Wednesday already! SO I decided to post about the purple house finch! (never heard of it you say) These two species are so similar that I just started calling them the purple house finch when I saw them at the feeders getting lazy about gathering info to make a positive ID-- and with that newly created word purple house finch I had it covered either way-RIGHT? But as all serious birders must do...I recanted and started to get serious again and stop being so lazy---So here is my comparison data for you to ponder and maybe you have a species you do this with also (like the black capped chickadee and the Carolina chickadee)...the differences are so subtle that honestly most of the time I CANT TELL them apart! So this is an adult male house finch-sometimes he is quite red (photo left)--but if I can see the side of the face like the shots below I look for the bolder looking eye streak that is present in the Purple Finch (right)
not so prominent in the house ( left)
Male Purple Finch -Carpodacus purpureus
Male House Finch
To me the Purple Finch has a darker chocolate brown feather color on his back and wings and the red is more purplish looking rather than regal red--and they have less streaking on the chest...but the females in comparison have heavy streaking and the Purple Finch Female has a noticeable eye streak where the house finch female doesn't. The females are easier to ID to me.
purple finch female
house finch female
Another female purple finch
Here in my area the Midlands of SC I see more Purple Finches in Fall and Winter,more House Finch in Spring, Summer, & Fall, so sometimes they are there together!
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