from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American finch of the genus Pipilo. The towhee bunting or chewink is sometimes called the red-eyed ground-finch. Sclater. See cut under Pipilo.—2. A bird of Swainson's subfamily Fringillinæ.
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For example, the large ground-finch had a big, powerful beak that seemed well-suited to cracking open seeds while the vampire finch had a long, pointed beak, which allowed it to puncture the flesh of other birds and drink their blood.