Date: 4/17/17 8:39 am From: Sally K. Scheer <winerat...> Subject: RE: [birders] Purple Finches - Ann Arbor
Once you see a real PURPLE finch (as opposed to a house finch, that is) you'll be amazed how different they are. The purple finches are MUCH more colorful and darker than the house finches. Don't worry about figuring out the females until you get a chance to see the real purple ones.
The male house finches are more reddish than purplish. The coloration is not as pronounced or prolific on the house finches. I still like the house finches too because they are bird, after all, but the purple finches are so much more spectacular. Not flashy like Baltimore orioles , to be sure, but tons more elegant than house finches.
I'd say, if you're wondering if you have a purple finch or a house finch MALE, you don't have a purple finch. To me, the differences between the females is much less clear, but my sister thinks she can tell the females apart very clearly.
About to head back south to Clinton in Bridgewater Township
From: <birders-request...> [mailto:<birders-request...>] On Behalf Of <rongamble...> Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 8:20 AM To: 'Bruce Bowman'; 'birders' Subject: RE: [birders] Purple Finches - Ann Arbor
I've been unsure of this for a long time - and remain so; maybe somebody can help.
With all these purple finches being reported around here now, how do you *confidently* tell a house finch (especially those in breeding colors as they are now) from a purple finch?