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Another House Finch or Purple Finch?

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Seen yesterday (March 17) in Glen Allen, VA.  I pretty much assume all the redish finches I see are house finches.  I'm not sure if a purple finch came around if I could tell the difference.  This one seemed a little different color.  Maybe just the lighting?  Or is it different?



Scott H.

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This is another House Finch (sorry!). A Purple would't have a curved culmen and would show more reddish/pink on its underside, without such prominent streaking as this bird shows.

EDIT: Male House Finches show some individual variation, so there is an expected difference in the amount and tone of the red...some are even orange to yellow instead of red. The other field marks are best to rely on when IDing between a House and a Purple.

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That's a house finch. An easy way for me to tell if it's just a house finch is to look for (in males): 

Prominent streaking at the chest/belly

Brown, or at least, more muted coloring on their head

Lack of light "eyebrow"/s


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