Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)

Grenada, MS(Zone 8a)

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Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

Why does a purple finch look red?

Grenada, MS(Zone 8a)

I don't have any idea... but that is what it is. ;^)

Excerpt from www.allaboutbirds.com

Male Purple Finches are delicate pink-red on the head and breast, mixing with brown on the back and cloudy white on the belly. Female Purple Finches have no red. They are coarsely streaked below, with strong facial markings including a whitish eyestripe and a dark line down the side of the throat.

The Purple Finch is the bird that Roger Tory Peterson famously described as a “sparrow dipped in raspberry juice.”

Marlton, NJ

Lovely shot Mike!

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