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What type of bird is this?

Oshkosh, WI

I believe this is a finch, but I do not know how to tell the difference between a purple finch and a house finch. According to the book I have, the house finch isn't supposed to be in Wisconsin, but this looks more like a house finch to me than a purple finch.

Does anyone know what this is? If so, what is the "defining feature" that allows you to know this?

Taken yesterday in Northeast Wisconsin.

Thank you!

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

House Finch, male.

Note the whitish fringes on the wing feathers, and the brown streaks on the flanks - both purple-red in male Purple Finch. The bill shape is also different, tho' that's not easy to see here as it has a sunflower seed in its bill.


Oshkosh, WI

Thank you! This is great!!! I have learned a lot on the two posts I have had on here. Great stuff!!!

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