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  • n. Plural form of bullfinch.


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  • The AOU retains the Bannaquit as the only member of the Coerebidae, but the most recent evidence associates it with a group of tanager- or finch-like birds that build domed nests, including grassquits probably the closest to the bananaquit, the Orangequit of Jamaica, West Indian "bullfinches" and the Galapagos finches. BANANAQUIT.

  • A breeze rustled the underbrush and a pair of bullfinches flew up.

    Excerpt: A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

  • There they'll chirp with scores of robins, squirrels and bullfinches.

    eight or nine not-so-orange carp

  • In a hedge along a dike, bullfinches pipe their embarrassed music, their soft calls of bloodied regret escaping over their blood-red breasts.

    A Year on the Wing

  • An orange-man; an emissary from Lola Montes; a dealer in piping bullfinches; and a Cardinal in disguise, with a proposal for a new loan for the Pope, were heard by turns; and each, after a rapid colloquy in his own language, was dismissed by Rafael.

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • ‘Will you let me show you how to catch bullfinches down here by the stream?’

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Sallying forth with it at these times, far into the country, I seldom returned at night without a string of bullfinches, blackbirds, and linnets hanging in triumph round my neck.


  • The late frost and the bullfinches had played havoc with his carefully tended Blenheims and Cox's Orange Pippins, but the devil himself looked after the crab-apples.

    War Game

  • 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

  • Bullfinches are very abundant in the forests of Germany, and it is there that most of the piping bullfinches are trained.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"


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