Definition of bullfinch in English:

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bullfinch

Pronunciation: /ˈbʊlfɪn(t)ʃ/

noun

1A stocky Eurasian finch with a short, thick bill, typically having grey or pinkish plumage, dark wings, and a white rump.
  • Genus Pyrrhula, family Fringillidae: several species, in particular the common P. pyrrhula, the male of which has a pink breast.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Other species in danger are the brown hare, skylark, linnet, reed bunting, tree sparrow, grey partridge, bullfinch, song thrush and grass-wrack pondweed.
2A Caribbean songbird of the bunting family, resembling the Old World bullfinch.
  • Genera Loxigilla and Melopyrrha, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae): four species.
Example sentences
  • Be on the lookout for Caribbean dove, West Indian woodpecker, Cuban bullfinch, and smooth-billed ani.
  • Such riches are not without robbers, and we observed male purple-throats defending their patches, repelling other purple-throats as well as Saint Lucia orioles and Lesser Antillean bullfinches.
  • Birdlife includes the pearly-eyed thrasher (common here), and the Antillian Bullfinch (bullfinches are found on several islands and appear to be the closest relatives of the Galapagos finches - go figure!).

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