an especially bright adult male (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

Purple Finch
Carpodacus purpureus

Native Range: North America

Notes: found in small flocks; often visits bird feeders; striking sexual dimorphism; closely related to other Carpodacus finches such as House Finch and Cassin's Finch.

dorsal view; wine-red over much of body (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

ventral view; lighter off-white belly (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

less bright male molting (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

female; streaked in brown all over (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

dorsal view of female; slightly darker on wings (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)

pale eyebrow stripe (California, USA, USA; 2007-02-18)

medium-sized conical bill (California, USA, USA; 2007-02-18)

juvenile; opening of mouth still pinkish (Michigan, USA; 2007-08-06)