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