Definition of goldfinch in English:

goldfinch

noun

  • A brightly coloured finch with yellow feathers in the plumage.

    • ‘Today, dozens of different birds stop by, from goldfinches, tits and sparrowhawks to ducks, doves and pheasants.’
    • ‘Crossbills are closely related to goldfinches, and the curve of the upper beak seems easy to miss.’
    • ‘Niger thistle appeals especially to pine siskins, goldfinches, and purple and house finches.’
    • ‘At the feeder on the window sill, goldfinches, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, and cardinals have been busy at a heap of free (to them) sunflower seeds.’
    • ‘The thistle feeder is dominated by goldfinches, although an occasional house finch or song sparrow sneaks a snack.’
    • ‘Miners became fond of their birds, and as well as breeding the canaries with one another, they started to produce crosses - or mules, as they called them - with British finches such as goldfinches and greenfinches.’
    • ‘Plenty of birds of winter still mob Ann's bird feeders; chickadees, juncos, sparrows, woodpeckers, nuthatches, goldfinch, and doves are in no short supply.’
    • ‘The list was impressive and included robins, starlings, a goldfinch, blackbirds, redwings, chaffinches, wood pigeons and black-headed gulls.’
    • ‘The yellow plumage coloration of male goldfinches is a condition-dependent signal of male quality used by females in mate choice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dog roses, bramble, nettles and thistles provide good for birds such as goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinches and the occasional rarity such as brambling or bullfinch.’
    • ‘On the lake itself, we mainly saw the same woodpeckers, gulls, goldfinch, robins, waxwings, juncos, and other common birds spotted last year.’
    • ‘Seeding grasses had attracted them, together with goldfinches and chaffinches.’
    • ‘Sunflower seeds appeal to many of our wintering birds, but the goldfinches and house finches prefer thistle seed, while the ground-feeding sparrows and doves enjoy millet or a mixture of high quality seeds.’
    • ‘I don't want to see more goldfinches, chickadees, herons or cardinals.’
    • ‘One of the Cape's most numerous and widespread songbirds, goldfinches delight in dining on dandelion seeds, thistles, and weed seeds found amongst the beach grass.’
    • ‘Chickadees, crossbills, goldfinches, nuthatches, siskins, and woodpeckers pick the winged seeds out of pine and spruce cones.’
    • ‘Choose annuals with abundant seeds, especially those in the sunflower family, to lure songbirds such as goldfinches and house finches.’
    • ‘Teasel provides nectar for bees and butterflies, and the seedheads supply seeds for goldfinches and crossbills.’
    • ‘Every month, RSPCA inspectors in Rochdale receive three or four reports of greenfinches, bullfinches, linnets and goldfinches being trapped and caged before being sold to breeders.’

Origin

Late Old English goldfinc (see gold, finch).

Pronunciation:

goldfinch

/ˈɡəʊl(d)fɪn(t)ʃ/