Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus) - HBW 15, p. 584
French: Roselin pourpré
Spanish: Camachuelo Purpúreo
Taxonomy: Fringilla purpurea J. F. Gmelin, 1789, South Carolina, USA.
Forms a superspecies with C. erythrinus. Proposed races taverneri (described from NE Alberta, in W Canada) and nesophilus (from Newfoundland, in E Canada) considered clinal variants within nominate race, and rubidus (from W Washington, in NW USA) a synonym of californicus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- purpureus ( J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - breeds S Canada (except SW) and NE USA; migrates mostly to SE USA.
- californicus S. F. Baird, 1858 - breeds SW Canada (British Columbia) S along Pacific coast of W USA to California (Cascade Mts and W Sierra Nevada); non-breeding also to SE California, Arizona and extreme NW Mexico (extreme NW Baja California).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 9 videos
An adult male (foreground) with an adult male Cassin's Finch drinking from a small spring fed stream, then a female Purple Finch Locality Frazier Mountain, San Emigdio Mountains, California, USA (United States)
Don DesJardin 11 June 2013 1 year ago 30 sec 4.8
A female feeding below and on a feeder Locality Mount Airy, Maryland, USA (United States) (ssp purpureus)
Robert Schaefer 16 April 2005 6 years ago 20 sec 4.7
An adult male, ventral and dorsal views Locality Mount Airy, Maryland, USA (United States) (ssp purpureus)
Robert Schaefer 16 April 2005 6 years ago 27 sec 4.6
A male feeding on berries Locality Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA (United States) (ssp californicus)
Paul Clarke 27 April 2002 6 years ago 29 sec 4.2
A female, on the right, with a female House Finch Locality Mount Airy, Maryland, USA (United States) (ssp purpureus)
Robert Schaefer 17 March 2005 6 years ago 10 sec 4.1
A male on the background, with a male House Finch on the foreground Locality Mount Airy, Maryland, USA (United States) (ssp purpureus)
Robert Schaefer 17 March 2005 6 years ago 18 sec 4
PhotosSee all 22 photos
On female on a branch
Locality Montmagny, Quebec, Canada (ssp purpureus)
Guy Poisson 7 May 2011 3 years ago 4.5
Perched in cherry tree in winter cold in Mid-Hudson River Valley.
Locality Hudson River Valley, New York, USA (United States) (ssp purpureus)
Lee Hunter 1 January 2013 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Wisconsin, USA (United States)
dennismullen 27 April 2008 5 years ago 4.4
Purple Finch on Branch
Locality Sarsaparilla Trail, Stony Swamp Conservation Area, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (ssp purpureus)
Michael Chandler 26 February 2014 39 weeks ago 4.3
On a branch
Locality Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, Quebec, Canada (ssp purpureus)
Guy Poisson 20 May 2008 3 years ago 4.3
Male at our feeder.
Locality Lakeshore Village, Waterloo, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada (ssp purpureus)
Miriam Bauman 27 October 2012 2 years ago 4.2
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