Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus), Sunflower, Maricopa County
This Purple Finch was
found and photographed by Marceline VandeWater on 26 February 2019
Casual and irregular fall and winter visitor to Arizona. Historically more frequent in small numbers, but still casual. Interestingly, it has been documented in Arizona nearly annually for the past several years, with the strongest movement into the state in several decades occurring in 2015/16. However there was not a strong movement of this species this fall/winter.
At the 2019 meeting the Arizona bird committee removed
the western subspecies from the review list while
retaining the eastern subspecies.
Separated from House and Cassin's Finches by the
rounded culmen, short primary projection, even reddish
color throughout (especially on the face and onto the
flanks), the strong face pattern and blurry flank
streaks. The long brown blurry flank streaking, brown on
the sides of the cest and lack of pale tips to the
greater coverts identify this as the western subspecies
26 February 2019, photo by Marceline VandeWaterAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 07 March 2019