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Purple Finch

Description: 
This bird is the size of a sparrow and has a notched tail. Males have red and brown streaked backs, sides and wings. The breast, throat and head are a raspberry red. The checks are reddish-brown. Females have a distinct white eyebrow and white “mustache,” with a white breast and belly with short, dark, contrasting streaks. Purple finches may be confused with the house finch, which has a squared tail. The male house finch may appear to be a brighter red overall, but lacks red on the wings and sides. The breast and belly of the female house finch is a dingy gray-brown with many fine brown indistinct streaks. The house finch female also has a nearly plain brown face.
Habitat: 
These birds can be found in deciduous forests as well as shrubby open areas. In some years, this is a common winter visitor to urban and residential neighborhoods that have large, mature trees. Purple finches are an occasional visitor to the eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma.
Life Cycle: 
At feeders, purple finches eat black-oil sunflower seeds. Away from feeders, they search vegetation and the ground for seeds, berries, buds and insects.
Size: 
Approximately 4.7 to 6.3 inches in length. Wingspan of 8.7 to 10.2 inches.
How to Observe: 

These birds will visit platform-style feeders just above the ground, as well as hopper and tube-shaped feeders that are near tree cover. They usually feed in flocks of 5 to 30 birds.