carduelis definition

  • noun:
    • the nature genus of a subfamily Carduelinae of Fringillidae, found in some classifications. It offers the goldfinches (including the American goldfinch, Cardulis tristis, plus the European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis); siskins; redpolls; and linnets, plus the typical north cardinal (Carduelis cardinalis, also called the cardinal bird).
    • A genus of oscine passerine birds, of the family Fringiuidæ, having as type Fringilla carduelis, the European goldfinch, now usually called Carduelis elegans.
    • in a few classifications considered the nature genus of a subfamily Carduelinae of family Fringillidae: goldfinches; siskins; redpolls; linnets

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