Thursday, December 1, 2011

Purple Finches

At a recent Springbrook banding, we were lucky enough to band three individuals. Purple Finches are less common at feeders in this part of the world than House Finches, though many people see the latter and assume they have Purples. There are certainly many dark and striking House Finches, but once you have seen a Purple, it is quite easy to tell the difference. Look at the absence of brown streaking on the breast, the dark "eyeline" and overall plumage of this individual.

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