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In the past I had identified all my little red birds as House Finches, but yesterday someone identified one of my pictures as a purple finch variant.  So I've gone back to look and see if I need to change any of my pictures to Purple Finches.  Not sure I know them very well but I do have a question on one.

The first picture I believe is a Purple Finch and the 2nd a House Finch.  The 3rd I think is a House Finch, bill and markings under the wing, but with red down his back, a little orange in his head and red rump I'm not sure.  All pictures were taken yesterday in Southwest Wisconsin.

Thanks in advance,


Purple Finch-1.jpg

House Finch-1.jpg

Not Sure-1.jpg

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Look at the sides on your first two birds.  The first Purple has color on the wings and down the side almost to the leg, and he has faint streaks.  On the second House, the color stops at the chest, isn't on the wings at all, and there are strong brown streaks on the sides.

EDIT: Sniped by @Tony Leukering

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