Origin of hawfinchhaw + finch
the common European grosbeak (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) of a family (Fringillidae) of finches
A bird (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) of Eurasia and North Africa having a thick bill, a short white-tipped tail, and brown, white, and black plumage.
Origin of hawfinchhaw 2 finch
- HAWFINCH, a bird so called from the belief that the fruit of the hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha) forms its chief food, the Loxia coccothraustes of Linnaeus, and the Coccothraustes vulgaris of modern ornithologists, one of the largest of the finch family (Fringillidae), and found over nearly the whole of Europe, in Africa north of the Atlas and in Asia from Palestine to Japan.
- 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.