Among the small forest birds like chickadees, kinglets, and nuthatches, Purple Finches are large and chunky. Their powerful, conical beaks are larger than any sparrow’s. The tail seems short and is clearly notched at the tip.
Male Purple Finches are delicate pink-red on the head and breast, mixing with brown on the back and cloudy white on the belly. Female Purple Finches have no red. They are coarsely streaked below, with strong facial markings including a whitish eye stripe and a dark line down the side of the throat.
Purple Finches readily come to feeders for black oil sunflower seeds. You’ll also see them in forests, where they can be noisy but hard to see as they forage high in trees. In winter they may descend to eat seeds from plants and stalks in weedy fields. Their flight is undulating.
Purple Finches breed mainly in coniferous forests or mixed deciduous and coniferous woods. During winter you can find them in a wider variety of habitats, including shrub lands, old fields, forest edges, and backyards.
Photographed in my yard Anola, Manitoba, Canada.
Canon EOS50D; Sigma 150-500mm lens
F/6.3; 1/2000 sec.; ISO400; 500mm


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  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful hon. They have amazing colour. I hope to see them again this year.

  • Thank you hon, yes they are here now. The feeders are loaded with birds these days. Hope you can see them soon.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    A gorgeous capture Vickie!! Beautifully composed and I love your written description!! Just what we’re looking for!! Well done!!

  • thank you Blair, much appreciated my friend. I found that site quite interesting with their descriptions.

    – Vickie Emms

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 4 years ago

    fantastic shot Vickie. very interesting read

  • thank you so much Dave

    – Vickie Emms

  • Rosej
    Rosejover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work – just sitting there holding its gaze…

  • thank you Rose

    – Vickie Emms

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10over 4 years ago

    I so admire bird photographers, they must be the most difficult subjects !

  • thank you Sandra, yes it can test a photographer alright :-)) Patience is a virtue

    – Vickie Emms

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 4 years ago

    What a BEAUTIFUL shot Vickie!
    Love the info you have provided as well…………… :))))

  • thank you Rosie :-)

    – Vickie Emms

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonover 4 years ago

    Nice capture here Vickie!

  • thank you so much Monte

    – Vickie Emms

  • MischaC
    MischaCover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot! I’ve never seen this kind of bird.

  • thank you Mishca

    – Vickie Emms

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful capture of this beautiful bird Sis. :>)) Leslie

  • thank you sis, we have a couple of feeders out front and lots of birds, I love this time of year

    – Vickie Emms

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 4 years ago

    Excellent bird photo, Vickie!

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