The Purple Finch is not purple. The male has a pink head and chest. The rest of the feathers are brown and white. The female (and the juvenile) are brown and white. A stocky finch, with a melodic though not highly remarkable voice, is fairly common throughout its range. The Purple Finch is seen year round in the eastern half of the US and in California. Some travel to Canada in summer.
Purple finches live in coniferous and mixed woodlands, suburbs, orchards, parks. They gather in large flocks in fall and winter. In spring, they pair off to mate and raise young. The female builds a nest of twigs, grasses and animal hair in pine trees, deciduous trees, or tangled vines anywhere from 3 feet to 60 feet off the ground.
Some Purple Finch Facts
- length: 4.7-6.3 inches
- wingspan: 8.7-10.2 inches
- 4-5 eggs, 2 broods per year
- incubation (by female only) 12-14 days
- nestling: 2 weeks
- food: seeds, bugs, berries, flowers