Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus Scientific name definitions

J. Timothy Wootton
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020
Text last updated January 1, 1996

Priorities for Future Research

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Overall the Purple Finch is an understudied species because it is neither sufficiently abundant to make study easy nor so rare that study has been required to develop an effective conservation strategy. Specific topics that are particularly in need of study include: feeding habits in the northern portions of the range and their link to the biannual winter migration; mating systems, especially compared to other Haemorhous species; further consideration of possible hybridization with other members of the genus; and the causes and evolutionary dynamics of the skewed sex ratio.

Recommended Citation

Wootton, J. T. (2020). Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.purfin.01