One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brightly coloured finch with yellow feathers in the plumage.
Genus Carduelis, family Fringillidae: four species, especially the Eurasian goldfinch (C. carduelis) and the American goldfinch (C. tristis)
- ‘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.’
- ‘Choose annuals with abundant seeds, especially those in the sunflower family, to lure songbirds such as goldfinches and house finches.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The thistle feeder is dominated by goldfinches, although an occasional house finch or song sparrow sneaks a snack.’
- ‘The list was impressive and included robins, starlings, a goldfinch, blackbirds, redwings, chaffinches, wood pigeons and black-headed gulls.’
- ‘Niger thistle appeals especially to pine siskins, goldfinches, and purple and house finches.’
- ‘Today, dozens of different birds stop by, from goldfinches, tits and sparrowhawks to ducks, doves and pheasants.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Chickadees, crossbills, goldfinches, nuthatches, siskins, and woodpeckers pick the winged seeds out of pine and spruce cones.’
- ‘Plenty of birds of winter still mob Ann's bird feeders; chickadees, juncos, sparrows, woodpeckers, nuthatches, goldfinch, and doves are in no short supply.’
- ‘Teasel provides nectar for bees and butterflies, and the seedheads supply seeds for goldfinches and crossbills.’
- ‘Seeding grasses had attracted them, together with goldfinches and chaffinches.’
- ‘The yellow plumage coloration of male goldfinches is a condition-dependent signal of male quality used by females in mate choice.’
- ‘On the lake itself, we mainly saw the same woodpeckers, gulls, goldfinch, robins, waxwings, juncos, and other common birds spotted last year.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Dog roses, bramble, nettles and thistles provide good for birds such as goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinches and the occasional rarity such as brambling or bullfinch.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Crossbills are closely related to goldfinches, and the curve of the upper beak seems easy to miss.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I don't want to see more goldfinches, chickadees, herons or cardinals.’
Late Old English goldfinc (see gold, finch).
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