Purple Finch

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Common Name: Purple Finch

Scientific Name: Carpodacus purpureus

Size: 5-6 inches (12-15 cm)

Habitat: North America; Western and Eastern Coasts of the United States. Found in conifer forests and outskirts of urban settings.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 3,000,000 mature individuals. Populations are declining. On the East Coasts, declines are due to competition with the introduced House Finch and House Sparrow.

Diet: Seed, flowers and occasionally fruit and insect,

Breeding: Four eggs are laid in an open cup nest of grasses and small twigs in branches of a conifer tree.

Cool Facts: It’s the attitude, not the size that matters… In aggressive actions, the smaller House Finch beats up the larger Purple Finch… this has led to declines in populations.

Finches feed on flowers by crushing the base to get the nectar and leaving the upper flower undamaged. Similarly, fruit seeds are picked leaving the pulp.

The west coast purple finches have duller colors and have a slightly different wing shape than its east coast cousins. Easy Coasters are a wider variety of song and are more leisurely in sing it.

Found in Songbird Remix Characters

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