purple finch

noun

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

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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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