carduelinae definition

  • noun:
    • a subfamily of wild birds consisting of the old world finches, many of which have taken up residence inside Americas; -- it's a subgroup of finches used in some classifications, where the Fringillidae tend to be divided into two subfamilies, the Carduelinae (such as the goldfinches, siskins, redpolls, crossbills, and linnets) and Fringillinae (the brambling plus the chaffinches). The siskins and goldfinches have actually migrated as far south as south end of South America.
    • utilized in some classifications for a subgroup of finches

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