Friday, March 25, 2016

House or Purple Finch

Nikon D750, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 500mm, 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 250
When we moved to Ohio about eight years ago and saw these birds in the backyard we called them Purple Finches w/out giving it a thought.  Of course, we were not birders nor was I into photography at that time.  Once I did get into photography about five years ago and had taken some photos of these birds it came to my attention we may have been misidentifying this bird all along.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 @ 500mm, 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 400

What we'd been calling a Purple Finch is in fact a House Finch as you see here.  These photos are of the male.  To keep it simple, the House Finch has plenty of brown with brown streaking on its upper and underparts, a red breast, and striped or streaked belly pattern.  The Purple Finch underparts are white with a red-brown breast and its belly pattern is solid and more pink in color.  Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of a Purple Finch that I'm aware of so am providing a description from iBird Plus: North America.

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