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  • noun Plural form of greenfinch.


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  • Their absence has triggered a flurry of letters and emails to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds from anxious householders disconcerted by the absence of blue tits, greenfinches, chaffinches and house sparrows from suburban Britain.

    Why Britain's garden birds are staying in the country 2012

  • He heard a clutch of young greenfinches squealing for food in a hazel thicket.

    Excerpt: Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver 2006

  • Thousands of birds, the lories, and greenfinches, and gold-winged pigeons, not to speak of the noisy paroquets, flew about in the green branches.

    In Search of the Castaways 2003

  • My first impression, that the birds were all canaries, was quite wrong; to my delight I found there were goldfinches painted like clowns in vivid scarlet, yellow, and black; greenfinches as green and yellow as lemon leaves in midsummer; linnets in their neat chocolate-and-white tweed suiting; bullfinches with bulging, rose-pink breasts, and a host of other birds.

    My Family and Other Animals Durrell, Gerald, 1925- 1956

  • In order to entice the wild birds to alight amongst the nets, call birds are employed, of which there must be one or two of each of the different kinds which are expected to be caught, such as linnets, goldfinches, greenfinches, etc.

    Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy. Montagu Browne

  • Beside a gate from which a lamb with a musical forehead and a stentorian voice observed them, some young chaffinches and greenfinches were playing in a minute pool of rainwater left from a thunderstorm.

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing 1917

  • The seasons were always late in this place -- it was high above the sea -- and redpoles often used to nest not far off late in the summer; siskins did the same once or twice, and greenfinches, till the beginning of August, used to cackle endlessly in the lime trees.

    In Wicklow and West Kerry 1890

  • It was a company of choice musicians that had come together at the beck of the beautiful maiden — nightingales, larks, linnets, goldfinches, greenfinches, thrushes, blackbirds, and a very skilful mocking-bird.

    Sixty Folk-tales from Exclusively Slavonic Sources 1889

  • But now, in the path before the arbour, all facing towards it, there must have been a score of birds -- three or four sparrows, a pair of chaffinches, and then greenfinches, greenfinches, greenfinches.

    The Lady Paramount Henry Harland 1883

  • Sparrows innumerable were holding their noisy, high-spirited disputations; blackbirds were repeating and repeating that deep melodious love-call of theirs, which they have repeated from the beginning of the world, and no ear has ever tired of; finches were singing, greenfinches, chaffinches; thrushes were singing, singing ecstatically in the tree-tops, and lower down the imitative little blackcaps were trying to imitate them.

    The Lady Paramount Henry Harland 1883


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