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Photograph of a female House Finch

House Finch (Female)

House finches are sometimes confused with purple finches. No matter what the sex, house finches lack the light eyebrow line and strongly notched tail that the purple finch has.

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Photograph of a male House Finch

House Finch (Male)

Upperparts of male house finches are gray-brown, with varying amounts of red on the head and back and a red eyebrow. Underparts are whitish, with a red throat and upper breast. The sides and belly are streaked with brown.

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Photograph of a male House Finch with conjunctivitis

House Finch with Conjunctivitis

Localized outbreaks of a communicable respiratory infection have become fairly common among house finches. Symptoms include watery or crusty eyes that can be swollen shut. Affected finches often die as a result of the hardships of blindness. Regular cleaning of feeders helps prevent the disease’s spread.

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photo of an American goldfinch perched on a tree branch covered by ice

Male American Goldfinch in Winter Plumage

In winter, adult goldfinches are brownish, olive, or grayish. In spring, the male changes to bright yellow with a black cap and wings.

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Photograph of a male Purple Finch at a bird feeder

Male Purple Finch at Bird Feeder

Purple finches frequently attend bird feeders for sunflower and millet seeds. The conical bill typical of finches is adapted for cracking the seeds of sunflowers, grasses, and more.

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Photograph of a male Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Haemorhous purpureus
In the 1930s, Roger Tory Peterson described the male purple finch as “a Sparrow dipped in raspberry juice.” Learn how to distinguish this native eastern bird from the more common house finch.

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Photograph of a female Purple Finch

Purple Finch (Female)

The upperparts of a female purple finch are heavily streaked with brown, with a broad whitish eyebrow and moustachial streak. Underparts are streaked brown, with a heavy dark streak along the side of the throat. Under tail feathers are white and unstreaked.

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Photograph of a male Purple Finch

Purple Finch (Male)

In the 1930s, Roger Tory Peterson said the male purple finch looked like “a Sparrow dipped in raspberry juice.” They are really not purple at all.

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