Purple Finch

Described as a sparrow dipped in raspberry juice, Purple Finches bring beauty and color to your yard! The head of this bird is covered with red with little or no brown streaking on the chest. Females have a well- defined pattern on the face, including dark whisker and whitish eyebrow compared to the House Finch. Fairly common in the north and northeast, as well as along the Pacific Coast, the Purple Finch feeds mostly on seeds and berries making pit stops at backyard feeders for added nourishment. Purple Finches have rather large beaks and use it to crush seeds as well as berries and fruit. Purple Finches can go through a lot of seed, often taking control of a feeder for hours!

Favorite Foods

Nyjer® is the gold standard – guaranteed to bring these birds to your backyard. In addition, FinchWise® is another great choice. A blend of Nyjer, Hulled Sunflower and Millet, it also attracts house and purple finches. Sunflower hearts, the meat of the sunflower without the shell is extra clean and very attractive to these birds as well.

Perfect Feeders

Purple Finch prefer tall, cylindrical feeders. Nyjer® mesh feeders allow them to perch and cling, whereas, tube feeders with tiny holes for Nyjer seed give them a perch to sit upon while eating. The Click n’ Clean Down Under Goldfinch Feeder excludes other birds that can’t eat upside down while giving your finches a peaceful place to eat. For Sunflower hearts, use a tube feeder for best results. 


The female, which builds most of the nest, constructs it out of plant materials she collects with her beak. The materials can include leaves, spider webs, cocoons and plant fibers. The eggs, typically 2-7, are pale blue to pale blue-green with brown and black speckles. The female incubates the eggs and both sexes care for the young. We carry a nice selection of nesting materials to cushion the nest. Hang materials in trees in your backyard and watch as birds sweep in, grab some in their mouth and flutter off to their nesting sites.

Did You Know?

A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

The oldest recorded Purple Finch was a male, and at least 14 years old when he was found!