Finches - Family: Fringillidae

A deep dive into the 'True' Finches, the species in the family Fringillidae.

February 5, 2021

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Finches - Family: Fringillidae


All about the ‘true’ finches, the species belonging to the family Fringillidae. 

These small songbirds are found in many places around the world. Most of them specialize in eating seeds. 

Not every bird we commonly call ‘finch’ is a member of this family. And the family includes many birds that don’t have the word ‘finch’ in their common name. Confusing? Yes. We’ll try to clear some of this up for you.

Learn about the key features of finches as well as their global distribution, evolution, feeding, and more.

There’s lots of fun stuff to know about these charming birds!

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Photos of some birds mentioned

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis). Europe's most frequently encountered finch species. Photo by Ivan on Adobe Stock.
House Finch, male (Haemorhous mexicanus). This species is the most commonly observed finch in North America. Photo by Steve Byland.
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus). This bird is native to Siberia, in the far east of Russia and China. Photo by Agami.
Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster). Photo by David on Adobe Stock.
Red Crossbill, male (Loxia curvirostra). Photo by Naturecolors.


This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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