purple finch


Definition of purple finch

: a finch (Carpodacus purpureus) of the U.S. and Canada having in the male a rosy-red head, breast, and rump

Examples of purple finch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among other things, at the lower end of global warming, many state birds — including Minnesota’s loon and New Hampshire’s purple finch — would be more likely to maintain at least a fraction of their current range in their states. New York Times, "These State Birds May Be Forced Out of Their States as the World Warms," 10 Oct. 2019 It was first observed in house finches in 1994, and the disease has spread to American goldfinches, evening grosbeaks and purple finches. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Contagious house finch eye disease reported in Walnut Creek area," 17 June 2019 Hi, purple finches, and welcome back to another occasional edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, Week of March 22," 22 Mar. 2019 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge there was a brant, four least bitterns, a little blue heron, a glossy ibis, and five purple finches. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 7 July 2018 Or, search for purple finches and nesting dark-eyed juncos at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Celebrate the return of spring songbirds to NE Ohio with the 85th Annual Spring Bird Walks," 9 Apr. 2018 Another finch that has not shown up in our area this winter is the purple finch. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "American goldfinches sport a new look this time of year | Charlotte Observer," 11 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, the irruptive species—birds who irregularly migrate—like crossbills, redpolls, grosbeaks, and purple finches stayed north, resulting in lower talleys for the annual count in most of the United States. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Birdwatch for Science this Holiday Season," 15 Dec. 2017

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1731, in the meaning defined above

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“Purple finch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purple%20finch. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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