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Finches: Fringillidae

Finches And People

Many species have been captured and bred as cage-birds or pets because people like their beautiful songs, attractive plumage, and habits.


Finches have a bill suited for shelling seeds. Each seed is wedged in a special groove on the side of the palate (roof of the mouth) and crushed by raising its lower jaw onto it. The shell husk is then peeled off with the tongue, releasing the kernel. The bird throws away the husk, and the kernel is taken off with its tongue and swallowed.

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