Fringillidae – Finches

Scarlet Finch (Haematospiza sipahi) by Nikhil Devasar

Scarlet Finch (Haematospiza sipahi) by Nikhil Devasar

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Psalms 8:3-9 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Fringillidae – Finches

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Species (228)

Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) by Ian – Video(female in nest)
Tenerife Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea) WikiC – Article
Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla polatzeki) ©WikiC
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) by Daves BirdingPix
Black-and-yellow Grosbeak (Mycerobas icterioides) ©WikiC
Collared Grosbeak (Mycerobas affinis) IBC
Spot-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas melanozanthos) IBC
White-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas carnipes) IBC
Evening Grosbeak (Hesperiphona vespertina) by Ray IBC
Hooded Grosbeak (Hesperiphona abeillei) IBC
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) IBC
Chinese Grosbeak (Eophona migratoria) ©WikiC
Japanese Grosbeak (Eophona personata) ©WikiC
Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) by Raymond Barlow
Brown Bullfinch (Pyrrhula nipalensis) ©WikiC
Orange Bullfinch (Pyrrhula aurantiaca) OBI
Red-headed Bullfinch (Pyrrhula erythrocephala) IBC
Grey-headed Bullfinch (Pyrrhula erythaca) by BirdPhotos
____ (Pyrrhula erythaca owstoni) by BirdPhotos
White-cheeked Bullfinch (Pyrrhula leucogenis) ©Drawing WikiC
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) by Ian
Azores Bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina) @Pedro Monteiro
Asian Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys sanguineus) ©©Flickr
African Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys alienus) ©©Flickr
Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus) by BirdPhotos
Mongolian Finch (Eremopsaltria mongolicus) ©©Flickr
Blanford’s Rosefinch (Agraphospiza rubescens) Twearth
Spectacled Finch (Callacanthis burtoni) ©©Flickr
Golden-naped Finch (Pyrrhoplectes epauletta) IBC
Dark-breasted Rosefinch (Carpodacus nipalensis) by W Kwong
Plain Mountain Finch (Leucosticte nemoricola) by Ian – Video by KeithB
Brandt’s Mountain Finch (Leucosticte brandti) by Nikhil
Asian Rosy Finch (Leucosticte arctoa) IBC
Grey-crowned Rosy Finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis) by Ian – Article
Black Rosy Finch (Leucosticte atrata) by KNickell
Brown-capped Rosy Finch (Leucosticte australis) by KNickell
Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) by Nikhil
Scarlet Finch (Carpodacus sipahi) by Nikhil
Bonin Grosbeak (Carpodacus ferreorostris †) ©©Flickr
Streaked Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilloides) IBC
Great Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilla) IBC
Blyth’s Rosefinch (Carpodacus grandis) IBC
Red-mantled Rosefinch (Carpodacus rhodochlamys) ©Drawing WikiC
Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch (Carpodacus pulcherrimus) ©Drawing WikiC
Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch (Carpodacus davidianus) ©Drawing WikiC
Pink-rumped Rosefinch (Carpodacus waltoni) IBC
Pink-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodochroa) IBC
Dark-rumped Rosefinch (Carpodacus edwardsii) ©Drawing WikiC
Spot-winged Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodopeplus) IBC
Sharpe’s Rosefinch (Carpodacus verreauxii) BirdForum
Vinaceous Rosefinch (Carpodacus vinaceus) by BirdPhotos
Taiwan Rosefinch (Carpodacus formosanus)) by BirdPhotos
Sinai Rosefinch (Carpodacus synoicus) ©WikiC
Pale Rosefinch (Carpodacus stiolizkae) (4.1)
Tibetan Rosefinch (Carpodacus roborowskii) IBC
Sillem’s Mountain Finch (Carpodacus sillemi) Twearth
Long-tailed Rosefinch (Carpodacus sibiricus) ©©Flickr
Pallas’s Rosefinch (Carpodacus roseus) ©WikiC
Three-banded Rosefinch (Carpodacus trifasciatus) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo IBC
Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus thura) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo IBC
Chinese White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus dubius) IBC
Red-fronted Rosefinch (Carpodacus puniceus) IBC
Crimson-browed Finch (Carpodacus subhimachala) IBC
Poo-uli (Melamprosops phaeosoma) ©©Flickr
Oahu Alauahio (Paroreomyza maculata) ©Drawing WikiC
Kakawahie (Paroreomyza flammea) WorldBirds
Maui Alauahio (Paroreomyza montana) IBC
Akikiki (Oreomystis bairdi) WorldBirds
Laysan Finch (Telespiza cantans) ©WikiC
Nihoa Finch (Telespiza ultima) ©WikiC
Palila (Loxioides bailleui) ©WikiC
Lesser Koa Finch (Rhodacanthis flaviceps) ©Drawing WikiC
Greater Koa Finch (Rhodacanthis palmeri) ©Drawing WikiC
Kona Grosbeak (Chloridops kona) Birdsflight
Ou (Psittirostra psittacea©Drawing WikiC
Lanai Hookbill (Dysmorodrepanis munroi) BishopMuseum
Iiwi (Drepani coccinea) ©WikiC
Hawaii Mamo (Drepanis pacifica) ©Drawing WikiC
Black Mamo (Drepanis funerea) ©Drawing WikiC
Ula-ai-hawane (Ciridops anna) ©Drawing WikiC
Akohekohe (Palmeria dolei) WorldBirds
Apapane (Himatione sanguinea) ©WikiC
Laysan Honeycreeper (Himatione fraithii) ©Drawing WikiC 
Greater Amakihi (Viridonia sagittirostris) ©Drawing WikiC 
Lesser Akialoa (Akialoa obscurus)  WorldBirds
Oahu Akialoa (Akialoa ellisianus)†  ©©Flickr
Kauai Akialoa (Akialoa stejnegeri) 
Maui-nui Akialoa (Akialoa lanaiensis) 
Oahu Nukupuu (Hemignathus lucidus)    ©Drawing WikiC
Kauai Nukupuu (Hemignathus hanapepe)
Maui Nukupuu (Hemignathus affinis)
Akiapolaau (Hemignathus wilsoni) ©©Flickr
Maui Parrotbill (Pseudonestor xanthophrys) ©WikiC
Anianiau (Magumma parva) ©WikiC
Hawaii Creeper (Loxops mana) WorldBirds
Akekee (Loxops caeruleirostris) WorldBirds
Akepa (Loxops coccineus) WorldBirds
Hawaii Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis virens) ©WikiC
Oahu Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis flavus) ©WikiC 
Kauai Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis kauaiensis) IBC
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) by KNickell
Cassin’s Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) by KNickell
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) by Ian
European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) by Ian
Grey-capped Greenfinch (Chloris sinica) ©WikiC
Yellow-breasted Greenfinch (Chloris spinoides) ©WikiC
Vietnamese Greenfinch (Chloris monguilloti) IBC
Black-headed Greenfinch (Chloris ambigua) IBC
Desert Finch (Rhodospiza obsoleta) ©Drawing WikiC
Socotra Golden-winged Grosbeak (Rhynchostruthus socotranus) ©Drawing WikiC
Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak (Rhynchostruthus percivali) IBC
Somali Golden-winged Grosbeak (Rhynchostruthus louisae) ©Drawing WikiC
Oriole Finch (Linurgus olivaceus) IBC
Principe Seedeater (Crithagra rufobrunnea) IBC
Sao Tome Grosbeak (Crithagra concolor) IBC
African Citril (Crithagra citrinelloides) ©WikiC
Western Citril (Crithagra frontalis) ©©Flickr
Southern Citril (Crithagra hyposticta) Twearth
Black-faced Canary (Crithagra capistrata) IBC
Papyrus Canary (Crithagra koliensis) IBC
Forest Canary (Crithagra scotops) by BirdPhotos
White-rumped Seedeater (Crithagra leucopygia) IBC
Black-throated Canary (Crithagra atrogularis) IBC
Yellow-rumped Seedeater (Crithagra xanthopygia) ©WikiC captive
Reichenow’s Seedeater (Crithagra reichenowi) IBC
Arabian Serin (Crithagra rothschildi) by BirdPhotos
Yellow-throated Seedeater (Crithagra flavigula) IBC
Salvadori’s Seedeater (Crithagra xantholaema) ©WikiC
Lemon-breasted Canary (Crithagra citrinipectus) IBC
Yellow-fronted Canary (Crithagra mozambica) ©WikiC
White-bellied Canary (Crithagra dorsostriata) IBC
Ankober Serin (Crithagra ankoberensis) ©©Flickr
Yemen Serin (Crithagra menachensis) IBC
Cape Siskin (Crithagra totta) by BirdPhotos
Drakensberg Siskin (Crithagra symonsi) IBC
Northern Grosbeak-Canary (Crithagra donaldsoni) IBC
Southern Grosbeak-Canary (Crithagra buchanani) Twearth
Yellow Canary (Crithagra flaviventris) by BirdPhotos
Brimstone Canary (Crithagra sulphurata) by BirdPhotos
Reichard’s Seedeater (Crithagra reichardi) IBC
Streaky-headed Seedeater (Crithagra gularis) by BirdPhotos
West African Seedeater (Crithagra canicapilla)
Black-eared Seedeater (Crithagra mennelli) IBC
Brown-rumped Seedeater (Crithagra tristriata) ©WikiC
White-throated Canary (Crithagra albogularis) by BirdPhotos
Thick-billed Seedeater (Crithagra burtoni) ©Drawinig WikiC
Streaky Seedeater (Crithagra striolata) IBC
Yellow-browed Seedeater (Crithagra whytii) Twearth
Kipengere Seedeater (Crithagra melanochroa) Twearth
Protea Canary (Crithagra leucoptera) IBC
Twite (Linaria flavirostris) by Ian
____ (Linaria flavirostris pipilans) by BirdPhotos
Common Linnet (Linaria cannabina) by Ian
____ (Linaria cannabina autochthona) by BirdPhotos
Yemen Linnet (Linaria yemenensis) IBC
Warsangli Linnet (Linaria johannis) Twearth
Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) by J Fenton – Article
Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis cabaret)
Arctic Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) by Ian
Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus) ©WikiC
Scottish Crossbill (Loxia scotica) Scotland
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) by Michael Woodruff
Cassia Crossbill (Loxia sinesciuris)
Two-barred Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) by Ray
Hispaniolan Crossbill (Loxia megaplaga) IBC Video
Mountain Serin (Chrysocorythus estherae) IBC
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) by Ian
Citril Finch (Carduelis citrinella) IBC
Corsican Finch (Carduelis corsicana) IBC
Red-fronted Serin (Serinus pusillus) by Nikhil Devasar
European Serin (Serinus serinus) by Ian –  Video by Keith Bloomerly at bottom
Syrian Serin (Serinus syriacus) by Ian
Atlantic Canary (Serinus canaria) by BirdPhotos
Cape Canary (Serinus canicollis) by BirdPhotos
Yellow-crowned Canary (Serinus flavivertex) IBC
Ethiopian Siskin (Serinus nigriceps) ©WikiC
Black-headed Canary (Crithagra alario) by BirdPhotos
Tibetan Serin (Spinus thibetana) ©WikiC
Lawrence’s Goldfinch (Spinus lawrencei) by BirdPhotos
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) by Jim Fenton
____ (Spinus tristis tristis) by BirdPhotos
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) by Ian
____ (Spinus psaltria hesperophila) by BirdPhotos
____ (Spinus psaltria colombiana) by BirdPhotos
Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus) by BirdPhotos
Antillean Siskin (Spinus dominicensis) ©WikiC
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) by Ian
Black-capped Siskin (Spinus atriceps) ©Drawing WikiC
Black-headed Siskin (Spinus notata) ©WikiC
Black-chinned Siskin (Spinus barbata) by BirdPhotos
Yellow-bellied Siskin (Spinus xanthogastra) IBC
Olivaceous Siskin (Spinus olivacea) Video IBC
Saffron Siskin (Spinus siemiradzkii) ©Drawing WikiC
Yellow-faced Siskin (Spinus yarrellii) ©WikiC
Red Siskin (Spinus cucullata) ©WikiC
Black Siskin (Spinus atrata) OBC
Yellow-rumped Siskin (Spinus uropygialis) IBC
Thick-billed Siskin (Spinus crassirostris) IBC
____ (Spinus magellanica tucumana) by BirdPhotos
____ (Spinus magellanica icterica) by BirdPhotos
Andean Siskin (Spinus spinescens) ©WikiC
Jamaican Euphonia (Euphonia jamaica) IBC
Plumbeous Euphonia (Euphonia plumbea) ©©Flickr
Scrub Euphonia (Euphonia affinis) IBC
Yellow-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia luteicapilla) by BirdPhotos
Purple-throated Euphonia (Euphonia chlorotica) by Dario Sanches
____ (Euphonia chlorotica serrirostris) by Dario Sanches
Trinidad Euphonia (Euphonia trinitatis) IBC
Velvet-fronted Euphonia (Euphonia concinna) ©Drawing WikiC
Orange-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia saturata) ©Drawing WikiC
Finsch’s Euphonia (Euphonia finschi) IBC
Violaceous Euphonia (Euphonia violacea) by Dario Sanches
____ (Euphonia violacea aurantiicollis) by BirdPhotos
Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) by BirdPhotos
____ (Euphonia laniirostris crassirostris) by BirdPhotos
Yellow-throated Euphonia (Euphonia hirundinacea) by BirdPhotos
Green-chinned Euphonia (Euphonia chalybea) by Dario Sanches
Elegant Euphonia (Euphonia elegantissima) by BirdPhotos
Golden-rumped Euphonia (Euphonia cyanocephala) by Michael Woodruff
Antillean Euphonia (Euphonia musica) IBC
Fulvous-vented Euphonia (Euphonia fulvicrissa) ©Drawing WikiC
Spot-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia imitans) IBC
Olive-backed Euphonia (Euphonia gouldi) by BirdPhotos
White-lored Euphonia (Euphonia chrysopasta) IBC
Bronze-green Euphonia (Euphonia mesochrysa) ©WikiC
White-vented Euphonia (Euphonia minuta) IBC
Tawny-capped Euphonia (Euphonia anneae) by BirdPhotos
Orange-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia xanthogaster) by BirdPhotos
____ (Euphonia xanthogaster quitensis) by BirdPhotos
Rufous-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia rufiventris) ©WikiC
Chestnut-bellied Euphonia (Euphonia pectoralis) by Dario Sanches
Golden-sided Euphonia (Euphonia cayennensis) IBC
Yellow-collared Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia flavirostris) ©©Flickr
Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia cyanea) by Dario Sanches
____ (Chlorophonia cyanea psittacina) by BirdPhotos
Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia pyrrhophrys) IBC
Blue-crowned Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia occipitalis)
Golden-browed Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia callophrys) by BirdPhotos


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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:

Dario Sanches
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Kent Nickell
Michael Woodruff Photostream
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Ray’s Wildlife Photography

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European Serin Video by Keith Blomerley

The true finches are passerine birds in the family Fringillidae. They are predominantly seed-eating songbirds. Most are native to the Northern Hemisphere, but one subfamily is endemic to the Neotropics, one to the Hawaiian Islands, and one subfamily – monotypic at genus level – is found only in the Palaearctic. The scientific name Fringillidae comes from the Latin word fringilla for the Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) – a member of that last subfamily – which is common in Europe.

Many birds in other families are also commonly called “finches”, including some species in the very similar-looking waxbills or estrildid finches (family Passeridae, subfamily Estrildinae) of the Old World tropics and Australia; several groups of the bunting and American sparrow family (Emberizidae); and Darwin’s finches of the Galapagos islands, which provided evidence of natural selection and are now recognized to be peculiar tanagers (Thraupidae).

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