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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


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

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