Any of a family (Fringillidae) of small or medium-sized birds, including the sparrow
, and grosbeak
. They are found in most parts of the world, except for Australia
, New Zealand
, and the Pacific islands. Most have a cone-shaped bill and feed on seeds, although some eat fruit or insects. Some British ‘finches’, such as the bullfinch and goldfinch, belong to another family, Ploceidae.
finch / finch/ •
n. a seed-eating songbird that typically has a stout bill and colorful plumage. The true finches belong to the family Fringillidae (the finch family), which includes canaries and crossbills. Other finches belong to the bunting or sparrow families.