Purple Finch

Purple Finch
Purple Finch female

Purple Finches males have reddish-purple heads and breasts with more brown on the back and wings, and they have paler bellies.

Females are brown-streaked all over. They look very similar to House Finch but are redder, especially at the top of their back. 

  • Haemorhous purpureus
  • Length: 4.7-6.3 in (12-16 cm)
  • Weight: 0.6-1.1 oz (18-32 g)
  • Wingspan: 8.7-10.2 in (22-26 cm)


Purple Finches breed in Canada and overwinter in eastern states but can be found all year in the northeast and Pacific coast.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Purple Finch in evergreen forests feeding on seeds but also buds, nectar, and berries.

Purple Finch Song:


Nests of Purple Finches are located high up in trees. They are made of twigs, bark, weeds, and moss. They usually hold three to five eggs that are incubated for thirteen days by the female.

Attract Purple Finches

Attract them to your backyards with black oil sunflower seeds.

Fun Fact:

Purple Finches are the state bird of New Hampshire.