|Photo courtesy of Tom Grey|
- Male’s breast coloration is pale rose red; brown-streaked nape and mantle make rosy crown and rump.
Female resembles purple finch but more finely streaked above and below, with less distinct eyeline and jaw stripe. Tail is strongly notched. 6-6½”
- Song is a series of lively warbles. Call note is a high pwee-de-lip or kee-up.
- Seeds, insects, small fruits.
- 4-5 bluish-green eggs with dark brownish spots, in a cup nest of twigs and rootlets in a conifer.
- Open conifer forests at high elevations.
- Interior mountain ranges or valleys of the west from Southern California to Canada, east to the Rocky Mountains.