Purple Finch female 8/21/18

Similar in appearance to female House Finches and female House Sparrows, female Purple Finches are mostly brown and white with a streaky breast and conical bill, but differ in having ┬ádistinctive facial markings, especially the strong whitish stripe above the eye and another below. Like all finches they sport a notched tail. Males are the inspiration for Roger Tory Peterson’s memorable description of them as a “sparrow dipped in raspberry juice.” Until recently Purple Finches belonged to the genus Carpodacus, or rosefinches, but recent dna research has shown the three North American members weren’t closely related and were moved into a new genus Haemorhous.

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