An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Songbirds - Finches  

Finches are small seed-eating birds with strong thick bills. Many species, such as goldfinches and siskins, are found in grassy areas. Euphonias and chlorophonias, other forms of finch, are colorful (often blue and yellow) and behave more like tanagers. With DNA analysis, many birds which look like tanagers are actually finches, and vica versa. The common Saffron Finch, for example, is a tanager.

Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) Male
ProAves Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, AnorĂ­, Antioquia, Colombia

Thick-billed Euphonia
Thick-billed Euphonia (Euphonia laniirostris) Male
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia

Blue-naped Chlorophonia
Blue-naped Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia cyanea)
ProAves El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia
Chlorophonias are the most colorful finches.

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