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The male purple finch is about 15 centimetres in length and has a raspberry or wine coloured upper breast and flanks which are brightest in summer. The head is red with little or no brown streaking on breast or flanks. The female purple finch has a well defined pattern on the face, broad white Purple eyebrow, brown eye line, and white cheek. Her breast has broad, blurry, brown streaking with no streaking under the tail converts, both the immature male and female look like the adult female.
Habitat of the Purple Finch :
The purple finch has a wide range of habitat preferences, ranging from evergreen forest to mixed upland wood, orchards, park lands and backyards.
Mating Habits of the Purple Finch:
During the mating season the male purple finch will hop and sing in the presence of a female bird, he may hop as high as 15 to 20 centimetres with his chest puffed out and tail cocked. Although he may bring a small amount of nesting materials to the nest site, it’s the female finch that actually selects the sight and builds the nest.
Nesting Habits of the Purple Finch:
Once the female selects the nesting site, she builds the nest which represents a shallow cup made of twigs, grasses, rootlets, and string lined with animal fur, horsehair, moss and rootlets. The nest is placed in the crotch of a tree, usually a conifer, about 1 to 20 meters above the ground.
The female will lay and incubate 3 to 6 eggs that are light green-blue with dark marks rarely leaving the nest. The male will feed the female regurgitated seeds for the 13 days it takes to incubate the eggs. The young will leave the nest 14 days after hatching.
Feeding Habits of the Purple Finch :
These birds forage both on the ground and above in foliage for seeds and buds of trees and weeds, berries, and insects.
Lifespan of the Purple Finch:
The average lifespan of the purple finch is 3 to 4 years, although it is not uncommon for them to live 6 to 7 years.