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Finch, California, USA (1 Viewer)


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This is a heavily cropped photo of a bird that I never got very close to, taken in central California at a site where both House Finch and Purple Finch are regular. The sharply streaked sides would make one think it is a House Finch. Everything else, however, says Purple Finch: chunky shape, short notched tail, relatively straight culmen. I feel certain it is a Purple Finch, but I wonder if anyone has other thoughts or experience with similarly streaked Purple Finches.


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And after asking many posters for the dates of their sightings, I failed to give the date of mine. It was 3 July 2021.

KC Foggin

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I'm thinking, given the time of year it is a House Finch in deep breeding color. Too much stripe-ing on it's belly and sides


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Thanks all for the confirmation. I think I shall post to the gallery a collage of photos showing some of the variation in flank streaking in this species.

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