National Geographic : 1935 Apr
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © National Geographic Society SOME FINCHES ARE SPLASHED WITH WINE-COLOR AND FILLED WITH SONG Few birds have richer melodies than that of the eastern purple finch, here engaged with his mate in gulping mountain-ash berries. Sometimes the impassioned minstrel mounts skyward, singing ecstatically. Cassin's purple finch, top, dwells on western mountain slopes. House finches, the male wearing a red crown and cravat, right, are numerous in California and have a habit of raiding orchards. Into the northern United States in winter roam those boreal nomads, the Canadian pine grosbeaks (bottom), whistling melodiously. The male is tinged with red.