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Species Code: CARPU
Breeding Range Map
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The Purple Finch is common to uncommon in rural shrubby habitats and in forest bordering open areas at lower elevations throughout western Washington. They often utilize clearcuts, farmlands, and rural residential areas. They avoid large, mature forest tracts, and are out-competed in cities by House Finches. May be found in riparian vegetation on the east slope of the Cascades.
Core areas were those below Silver Fir (west side) and the Grand Fir zone (east side). On the west side, all habitats were good with the following exceptions: bare ground, estuaries, and mid- to high-density development. In east-side zones, limited to wetlands and irrigated orchards.
Washington breeders represent the western subspecies C. p. californicus. In the eastern Cascades, all three Carpodacus species (e.g. Cassin's, House, and Purple) may be found in proximity where agriculture, riparian vegetation, and pine forests come into contact. A characteristic preferred habitat is conifer forest next to clearings.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester