from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A migratory finch (Fringilla montifringilla) of northern Eurasia, having black, white, and rust-brown plumage.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A common European conirostral oscine passerine bird, of the family Fringillidæ, Fringilla montifringilla, or mountain-finch, closely related to and resembling the chaffinch, F. cælebs, but larger. Also called
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) The European mountain finch (
Fringilla montifringilla); -- called also bramble finchand bramble.
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- noun Eurasian finch
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
A brambling en route to more temperate climes from its breeding grounds in the north flicks low over the grass, the long white flash on the rump making it easy to pick out.
For his first weekend he's off to a Tudor estate in Essex for a spot of glamping, fly fishing, brambling and al fresco dining.
But sarra one of me cares a brambling ram, pomp porteryark!
The Gaffer's eyes wandered from a brambling hopping about the lichen-covered boulders, and away to the sea-fowl wheeling above the ships: and then came into his mind a tale he had read once in
Your account of the greater brambling, or snow-fleck, is very amusing; and strange it is that such a short-winged bird should delight in such perilous voyages over the northern ocean.
More than 2,600 linnets, 100 yellowhammers, 229 reed buntings and 1,200 skylarks have been recorded along with smaller numbers of brambling, tree sparrows and chaffinches.
Other birds like snipe, brambling, lapwing and willow tit will struggle to find suitable habitats further north.