Jeff Wendorff's bird photography portfolio of finches from the family, Fringolidae.
The true finches are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Fringillidae. Finches have stout conical bills adapted for eating seeds and often have colorful plumage. They occupy a vast range of habitats where they are usually resident and do not migrate. They have a worldwide distribution except for Australia and the polar regions.
Many birds in other families are also commonly called "finches." And it seems that now we know some birds that we have called finches including Darwin's famous finches are not in the finch family. It's all very confusing for the non-scientist. So in my gallery, if a bird has finch in the name it's going to show up here to make them easier to find. Just to make it a bit more complicated, Siskins, Crossbills, and Euphonia are also in this gallery!
There are 218 species of finch, and I've only photographed a few of them. In my gallery of finch photos, you'll find: American Goldfinch
, Cardenalis tristis Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
, Leucosticte australis Cassin's Finch
, Carpodacus cassinii Black Rosy-Finch
, Leucosticte atrata Darwin Finch
, AKA Galapagos Finch
, Geospiza magnirostris Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
, Leucosticte tephrocotis House Finch
, Carpodacus mexicanus Lesser Goldfinch
, Carduelis psaltria Medium Ground Finch
, Geospiza fortis Purple Finch
, Carpodacus purpureus Pine Siskin
, Spinus pinus Red Crossbill
, Loxia curvirostraYellow-fronted Canary
, Serinus mozambicus Yellow-throated Euphonia
, Euphonia hirundinacea
The collective nouns for Finches are a "Charm", a "Trembling" and a "Trimming". None of which make sense, well "Charm" isn't bad. Goldfinches have specific collective nouns: "Drum", "Troubling" and a "Chirm". I had to look that last one up; a chirm is a bird noise from the Old Saxon. "Karm."
We photographed lot's of House Finch on my Birds and Bats workshop in Arizona this year, and I am sure next years photography workshop will provide you with that opportunity. Check out my wildlife and nature workshops at Wildlife Workshops.
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