What kind of a bird is this? (House Finch)

What kind of a bird is this? He's so gorgeous! The picture doesn't seem to bring out the colors like they showed in real life. He's got bright reddish pink on his head and chest. I looked out the window one day and saw a bird in our tree, it looked like a miniature parrot, it was so cute. I grabbed my camera but couldn't get very good pictures. Just wondered if any "bird lovers" knew what it was.

Thanks!
Stacey from Orem, UT

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May 17, 20070 found this helpful

it is a purple finch

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May 17, 20070 found this helpful

If you can find a bird book, this bird could be a house finch, also known as a purple finch.

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May 17, 20070 found this helpful

Actually, the Purple Finch and the House Finch are 2 different species. They look very similar and this bird could be either! :)

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May 17, 20070 found this helpful

It does look like a purple finch but I don't see them as being in Utah:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Purple_Finch.html

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May 17, 20070 found this helpful

looks like a house finch to me. u can google house finch and compare.

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May 17, 20070 found this helpful

It's a purple Finch. I live in Missouri and we have them everywhere. Connie from Ballwin

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May 17, 20070 found this helpful

This is a male House Finch - Not a Purple Finch.

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May 18, 20070 found this helpful

I know this is a house finch. Purple finches are much brighter red and a little darker, Finches like to eat black sunflower seeds, white millet and safflower.

If you'd like to coax goldfinches, put out some Nyjer Thistle seed.

Purple finches are not the same as house finches.

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