Mar. 31st, 2017

hawfinch

Mar. 31st, 2017 07:30 am
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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.

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