Purple Finch

About the Purple Finch

Also known as: Purple Linnet
The Purple Finch is a relatively large species of finch that breeds in forests across northern North America. In the winter some birds move south, especially across the eastern half of the United States. Like some other northern finch species, they are prone to erratic irruptions.

Male Purple Finches, like our Birdorable cartoon version, have a rich cranberry red plumage with streaky wings. They have a bulbous beak. Females and immatures are grayish tan with a similar streaking pattern but little to no red.

Purple Finches feed on tree seeds, as well as other plant material like buds, berries, nectar, and fruits. Insects may also be taken.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 27 November 2020
Scientific Name
Haemorhous purpureus
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Haemorhous
  • H. purpureus
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.7 to 6.3 inches
8.7 to 10.2 inches
.6 to 1.1 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 紫朱雀
Czech (Cesky) hýl nachový
Danish (Dansk) Purpurrosenfinke
Dutch (Nederlands) Amerikaanse Roodmus
Finnish (Suomi) tammipunavarpunen
French (Français) Roselin pourpré
German (Deutsch) Purpurgimpel
Italian (Italiano) Fringuello viola
Japanese (日本語) ムラサキマシコ (murasakimashiko)
Norwegian (Norsk) Purpurfink
Polish (Polski) dziwonia purpurowa
Portuguese (Português) Pintarroxo-púrpura
Russian (русский язык) Пурпурная чечевица
Spanish (Español) Camachuelo Purpúreo
Swedish (Svenska) purpurfink
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