Purple Finch by Vickie Emms

Featured in Animals As They Should Be – November 4, 2010

Featured in The Birds – November 4, 2010

Featured in Close-ups In Nature – November 2, 2010

A member of the finch family, the Purple Finch is closely related to the House Finch and Cassin’s Finch. The Purple Finch is a medium sized finch, measuring in at 12 – 15 cm (5 -6 in), with a wingspan of 22 – 26 cm (9 – 10 in), and a weight of 18 – 31 grams. The male Purple Finch is basically raspberry-colored on the head and chest while the female has the duller color of brown. The male’s lower belly is white and unmarked. It also has a dark face patch. The female, on the other hand, has strong streaking (brown and gray) on its back, sides, and chest. It has a pale eye stripe and dark ear patch. Its underbelly is also white but with some streaks. The juvenile Purple Finch looks just like the adult female.
The Purple Finch prefers to inhabit coniferous forests and mixed forests in the lowlands. They are in intense competition with the House Finch so they avoid the more heavily populated urban areas. They can be found in rural residential areas.

The Purple Finch builds its nest on a horizontal branch of a coniferous tree, usually at some distance from the trunk. It also nests in a fork in a tree. The nest is shaped like an open cup and is made up of rootlets, twigs, and weeds. For the lining, materials such as grass, hair, and moss are used. It is the female bird which builds the nest.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-55mm lens
Anola, Manitoba, Canada.

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  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanover 4 years ago

    Wow, Vickie! This is awesome…almost like he is turning to show you his best side! :) Wonderful capture!!

  • yes you got it right Monica, I had three images to choose from and I liked his head stance here the best. I think he was listening, lol.
    Many thanks for your fabulous comment hon

    – Vickie Emms

  • zumi
    zumiover 4 years ago

    brilliant shot! beautiful model too…lol

  • thank you Otto, glad you like the model, I did too :-))

    – Vickie Emms

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 4 years ago

    this is wonderful!!!!! :)

  • thank you Linda

    – Vickie Emms

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

    These little fellows are one of my favorite birds Sis. What a superb capture! :>)) Leslie

  • thanks so much sis. Can’t wait for this winter’s bunch to arrive

    – Vickie Emms

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 4 years ago

  • thank you very much POPS

    – Vickie Emms

  • wwyz
    wwyzover 4 years ago

    Great catch Vickie!

  • thank you Leanna

    – Vickie Emms

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot Vickie, very nice detail!

  • thank you so much Martin

    – Vickie Emms

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Congrats.. This is beautiful, Vickie… Great detail and dof..

  • thank you so much Carol

    – Vickie Emms

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaover 4 years ago

    What a little beauty. Great catchlight, and I love the position of his head. Wonderful:)

  • thank you so very much

    – Vickie Emms

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 4 years ago
    • What a nice find and capture Vickie, well done.
  • thank you very much Bradley

    – Vickie Emms

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