Purple Finches feed on willow catkins

Al Grass

17375 – 27A Avenue, Surrey, B.C. V3S 0E9

Abstract: Two male Purple Finches ( Carpodacus purpureus ) were seen feeding on willow catkins. Members of this genus, and also sparrows, are known to feed on parts of flowers, but there does not appear to be previous documentation of willow catkins being consumed.

Key words: Purple Finches, Carpodacus purpureus, food, feeding habits, willow, Salix, flowers, catkins

PDFicon Grass, A. 2003. Purple Finches feed on willow catkins. British Columbia Birds 13:9.


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