Ed Golson Outdoor Education

Purple Finch

Scientific Name: Carpodacus purpureus

Description:  The male and female, like many other birds, look diff erent.  The male gives these birds their name with his reddish-purple crown.  Other characteristics of the male bird are his brown wings and tail and the white streaks on his back.  The whole body of the female is brownish-grey, but her underparts ar e heavily streaked.


Habitat:  This is the state bird of New Hampshire, but it is found all through the northeastern United States.  Coniferous forests house these birds.  In these trees, these birds build nests of concealing material, and they are foun d far out on the horizontal branches.

Feeding:  These birds feed on seeds, buds, and blossoms found at the edges of tree branches and especially on the ground.

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