Origin of chaffinchOld English ceaffinc: see chaff and finch: it eats chaff and grain
a small European finch (Fringilla coelebs) that has a white patch on each shoulder: often kept in a cage as a pet
A small European songbird (Fringilla coelebs) having reddish-brown plumage and a blue-gray cap in the male.
Origin of chaffinchMiddle English chaffinche from Old English ceaffinc ceaf chaff, husk finc finch
- The chaffinch breeds early in the season, and its song may often be heard in February.
- On the continent of Europe the chaffinch is a favourite song-bird, especially in Germany, where great attention is paid to its training.
- This bird is still more beautifully coloured than the chaffinch - especially in summer, when, the brown edges of the feathers being shed, it presents a rich combination of black, white and orange.
- In spring the chaffinch is destructive to early flowers, and to young radishes and turnips just as they appear above the surface; in summer, however, it feeds principally on insects and their larvae, while in autumn and winter its food consists of grain and other seeds.
- Fringilla), a name applied (but almost always in composition - as bullfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, hawfinch, &c.) to a great many small birds of the order Passeres, and now pretty generally accepted as that of a group or family - the Fringillidae of most ornithologists.