Monday, May 18, 2020

Purple Finch

Two races of Purple Finch are recognized in North America—the Eastern and the Western purple finch. The few birds I have banded in our Olympia backyard should be the western subspecies, which breeds from British Columbia to northern Baja California. Western birds have more olive-green in their plumage. Western Purple Finches also have their outer primary feathers longer than their fourth outer wing feathers. I still need to confirm the primary length issue, but this bird does seem somewhat olive between the dark streaks on its back.

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