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common name for members of the Fringillidae, the largest family of birds (including over half the known species), found in most parts of the world except Australia.
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(Carduelis carduelis), a bird of the family Fringillidae of the order Passeriformes. The body length is 12 cm. The wings are black with a yellow stripe, and the crown is black or gray. There is a red ring around the beak. The goldfinch occurs in Europe, Western Asia, and Northwest Africa. In the USSR it is found from the western border east to the Enisei River. The goldfinch settles in deciduous groves, felled areas, and gardens. It nests in shrubs or trees. A clutch contains four to six eggs, which are incubated for 12 or 13 days by the female. The bird feeds on seeds of broad bean sorrel, burdock, thistle, and other weeds. The nestlings are fed insects. Goldfinches are frequently kept as pets.


1. a common European finch, Carduelis carduelis, the adult of which has a red-and-white face and yellow-and-black wings
2. any of several North American finches of the genus Spinus, esp the yellow-and-black species S. tristis
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Over the same time, numbers of goldfinches seen in gardens during the Big Garden Birdwatch have steadily creased.
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Two years ago I wrote to say that we had started to have two goldfinches visiting our garden, possibly due to the sunflowers that were in seed.
A FLOCK of goldfinches has been spotted in the heart of bustling Birmingham city centre.
A BIRD fancier who illegally trapped and caged 20 wild goldfinches was fined pounds 1,000 and ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service, the RSPCA said yesterday.
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A pair of acrobatic American goldfinches alight on a cylindrical hanging bird feeder, hungrily searching for thistle seeds.
Ed and Jane Stauss said the birds they saw Friday and Saturday in their yard included scrub jays, house sparrows, house finches, Anna's hummingbirds, mourning doves, lesser goldfinches, California towhees and dark-eyed juncos.