Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus), Oxbow Campground near Cibola NWR, La Paz County
This Purple Finch was found and photographed by Judy Crawford on 11 November 2014
and again on 12 November
Purple Finch is a casual transient and winter visitor
with only five records in the past ten years, since
being reinstated on the review list. This is a
flight year for Purple Finch in the California deserts.
This finch is
readily told from a House Finch by the strong face
pattern. The best
characters to separate this bird from a female Cassin's
Finch are the overall greenish color, rounded culmen, short primary projection
and blurry breast streaking. Also note the pale arc
under the eye and lack of an eyering.
11 November 2014, photo by Judy CrawfordAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 12 November 2014