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A northern Eurasian finch with a white rump, related to the chaffinch. The male has a black head and orange breast in summer.
- ‘Nearby, the rough grass and scrub contain large stands of teasels and thistles, which provide seeds for finches - goldfinch, chaffinch, bullfinch, brambling and siskin are frequent winter visitors.’
- ‘In another area, he sows seeds to attract birds like linnets, reed buntings and bramblings.’
- ‘The roost site selection of bramblings can be evaluated at four different levels.’
- ‘Like bramblings, siskins tend to winter in widely different areas in succeeding years.’
- ‘As I write, the old Bramley apple in our garden is occupied by a variety of finches: greenfinches, chaffinches and bramblings.’
Mid 16th century: perhaps from or related to the obsolete German synonym Brämling, related to bramble, or a variant of brandling (because both are streaked).
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