Purple Finch male 5/5/15

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There’s a large clade or group of birds known around the world as rose finches, all belonging to the genus Carpodacus. But not too long ago DNA sequencing showed that the 3 American rose finches—the Purple, House, and Cassin’s Finches—had diverged from the old-world rose finches much longer ago than anyone expected. They aren’t nearly as related to the other Carpodacus as the other Carpodacus are to each other. So the American rose-finches got reclassified into the genus Haemorhous which roughly translates to “blood finch.” The Purple Finch above is a male, females are a drab brown.

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