Mar. 31st, 2017

hawfinch

Mar. 31st, 2017 07:30 am
prettygoodword: text: words are sexy (Default)
hawfinch (HAW-finch) - n., a large Old World finch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) with a thick bill, a short tail, and brown, white, and black plumage.


Its closest New World relative is the evening grosbeak, and it indeed looks like a grosbeak that's been dipped in a late-autumn-toned paint jar. Named in 1676 by English ornithologist Francis Willughby after haw(thorn) + finch, after a berry it often eats. The Latin name Coccothraustes is derived from the Greek roots kokkos, seed/kernel + thrauĊ, break/shatter, and so rather more vivid.

---L.

July 2017

S M T W T F S
      1
2 34 5 6 78
9 10 11 12 131415
16 17 18 19 20 2122
23 242526272829
3031     

Page Summary

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 24th, 2017 10:38 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios