WHAT’S IN A NAME?

BULLFINCH

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The ori­gins of the name of the Bullfinch are some­what ob­scure. Most be­lieve that the bull part of the name is a ref­er­ence to the stocky, neck­less ap­pear­ance of the bird, ie like a bull. Oth­ers have spec­u­lated that the name may be re­lated to one of its Ger­man names, Blutfink (blood finch) re­fer­ring to the red colour of the breast. Fi­nally, oth­ers have sug­gested that it may de­rive from Bud Finch (af­ter its diet).

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