Any of several species of stocky, stout-billed songbirds of the families Fringillidae and Emberizidae. Eurasia has six species of the genus Pyrrhula, all boldly marked. The common bullfinch (P. pyrrhula), 6 in. (15 cm) long, is black and white; the male has a pinkish orange underside. It has a soft warbling call and is a popular cage bird. It is usually found in evergreen groves and hedgerows and is notorious for eating the buds of fruit trees. The trumpeter bullfinch (Rhodopechys githaginea), of arid localities from the Canary Islands to India, is a pale bird with a blaring buzzy note.
Common bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)—H.M. Barnfather/Bruce Coleman Ltd.
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