Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus purpureus), Near Taylor, Navajo County
Eastern Purple Finch was found and photographed by John Wilson on 13 April 2020
The western subspecies of Purple Finch, californicus, is casual to rare and irruptive fall and winter visitor and was removed from the ABC review list in 2019. There is one prior known record of Eastern Purple Finch, 6 January 1956 near Tucson.
link for more information on Purple Finch subspecies
in the west.
Eastern Purple Finches are similar to both Western
Purple Finches and Cassin's Finch. Bill shape is hard to
see on this bird but things that suggest Purple Finch
over Cassin's include the white undertail coverts, the
stronger/darker auricular patch and malar, lack of a
complete white eye ring. blurry underpart streaking, and
less distinct back streaking. The lack of greenish tones
and the whiter underparts rule out western Purple Finch.
13 April 2020, photo by John WilsonAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 16 April 2020