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    Purple Finch Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Among the small forest birds like chickadees, kinglets, and nuthatches, Purple Finches are large and chunky. Their powerful, conical beaks are larger than any sparrow’s. The tail seems short and is clearly notched at the tip.

      Relative Size

      About the same size as House Finch and House Sparrow

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      • Both Sexes
        • 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)

    Regional Differences

    Purple Finches from the Pacific Coast are duller and sing a faster song than Eastern birds.