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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

Image of: Finch, Purple
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Finch, Purple
-Carpodacus purpureus (Gmelin)

Adult male: upper parts, head, neck, breast and sides variable red (duller in autumn and winter), the crown crimson to purplish red, the rump more pinkish, the back and scapulars streaked with brown; eye and ear region and patch on side of jaw often brownish; small area in front of eye greyish white; wings and tail dark brown narrowly edged with pale reddish or brownish; two faint narrow wing bars of brownish red; middle of abdomen and under tail coverts white.

Immature male: similar to adult female.

Adult female: upper parts olive greyish streaked with dusky and also a little whitish; white line back from eye; eye and ear regions olive; wings and tail dusky, narrowly edged with pale olive; two pale wing bars; under parts white, heavily streaked with olive except middle of abdomen, the under tail coverts usually unstreaked (sometimes longer ones are lightly streaked). Occasional females show traces of red in the plumage.