Order Passeriformes

Family Fringillidae

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family now contains species that were formerly considered to comprise the family Hawaiian Honeycreepers (Drepanididae). See link for information on this group.
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Forms three well-defined subfamilies#R, including Euphoniinae, previously placed in Thraupidae. Also includes Drepanidini, sometimes treated as a separate family (as in HBW), but here considered merely a tribe of Carduelinae. Extensive phylogenetic data available, and comparatively few species remain wholly unscreened; nonetheless, study of internal relationships has been confounded by recurring plumage patterns and use of similar feeding niches by taxa that prove to be far from closely related.

  • 9-25 cm.
  • 45 genera, 211 species, 508 taxa.
  • 31 species threatened;
    1 species and 1 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Newton, I. & Bonan, A. (2019). Finches (Fringillidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52376 on 10 December 2019).