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on February 17, 2010 at 6:56:25 pm

Learn to distinguish a house finch from a purple finch. The best ID is the brownish streaks on the flanks of the male house finch and the purple smudges on the flanks of the male purple finch ( no real streaks ). The male purple finch has its purple-ish coloring on its wings/back/and rump.... Don't forget the crowns. The male purple finch crown is ruffled;  that on the male house finch has a slicked down appearance.

The females are easier to distinguish than the males.The female house finch (left) has an exceptionally plain face. The female purple finch (right) , with its white facial stripes, is unlike any other sparrow-sized, sparrow-like bird.  ,,,,,,Thanks very much Matt & Allen.


         male house finch        vs            male purple finch

        Female house finch          vs     Female purple finch   


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