The Purple Finch has been aptly described as a “sparrow dipped in raspberry juice”. This is true for the males, not so for the females. The two sexes are as different as night and day. Female Purple Finches are not purple at all, but a nondescript, common- looking sparrow.
Purple Finches breed in conifer and mixed forests, and where ornamental plants can be found. They are most common in the eastern U.S. and southern Canada, eh, but can also be found at lower elevations in the west. They eat buds and seeds and will feed at backyard feeders. If you want to attract these little finches, put out black oil sunflower seeds and they will fly right in!
Suggested Feeder Types: Platform, Hopper, Thistle, Tube, Window ,
- Black-oil Sunflower
- Sunflower Hearts
- Thistle (Nyjer®)
- Hemp Seed