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Purple Finch  -
(Carpodacus purpureus)



  • Male dull red color, brightest on head,
         more brown on wings and back
  • Female: streaked brown,lack red, broad
         stripe on lower cheek; light stripe
         behind eye
  • Relatively short and notched tail
  • Relatively large head
  • 5.5-6" (14-15 cm.)


  • Woods, shrubby areas

Additional Information

  • Common to abundant WI Winter resident
  • Often found at feeders
  • Common in summer in northern WI
  • Competes with House finches

Comparable Species

Purple Finch at a feeder

Female purple finch perched on a branch


The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board acknowledges that the state and federal lands that comprise the Reserve fall within the ancestral homelands of First Nations people including the Hooçak Nation. We recognize the sovereignty of the Hooçak and other First Nations and will work towards a shared future by continuing to create collaborative opportunities to protect and preserve these lands.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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