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rosy finch

any of several finches of the genus Leucosticte, of Asia and western North America, having dark brown plumage with a pinkish wash on the wings and rump.
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First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sometimes she whistled a note or cried a greeting to a mockingbird, a rosy finch, or a song sparrow.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • But a late and prolonged winter storm may drive him and his neighbor the rosy finch a mile or so down the slopes.

  • The ptarmigan and the rosy finch are prominent residents in the heights above the timber-line.

British Dictionary definitions for rosy finch

rosy finch

any of several finches of the genus Leucosticte, occurring in mountainous regions of North America and Asia. They have brown or grey plumage with pink patches on the wings, rump, and tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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