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Purple Finch

posted: 04/29/14
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Purple Finch
Steve By Land/Veer

Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Purple Finch

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: During the summer, you'll find me in cool, evergreen forests and along wooded streams in North America. When the thermostat begins heading south, we gravitate to backyards, hedgerows, forests and fields of weeds.

What I Like to Eat: We heart sunflower seeds, but we also love seeds from elms, tulips, dandelions, maples and blackberries, cherries and apricots.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: Even though we are called the Purple Finch, the color on our body is really rose red and even closer to raspberry. This color is brighter on our heads and bottoms.

Songbirds: Bird enthusiasts can easily identify us by our rich, melodic voices. Males typically sing three types of songs: the "warbling song" while foraging or in flight; the "territory song" when we are by ourselves and a cadence. Females sing one warbling song from their nests that last up to two minutes.

How We Eat: We crush and extract the seeds from nuts by using our tongue and beak. We can also use this same process to pull out the nectar and seeds from inside flowers fruits. We're only after the nectar and seeds, so we using this method prevent us from devouring the parts we don't want.

Nests: The female is the one responsible for building a nest, and she takes up to 8 days to build the family home out of sticks and twigs. She lines the inside with grass and animal hair. Nests can be as low as three feet off the ground or as high as 60 feet up in the air. The result of her hard work is a place for her 4 to 5 eggs to be kept safely until they hatch.

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