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Finch, any bird of the not very strictly defined family Fringillidee, which is nearly universal in its distribution, and characterised by a stout conical beak, and toes adapted for climbing, the hinder toe usually the longest. They feed principally upon seeds. Most of them are monogamous, and they usually build elaborate nests. The principal members of the family are dealt with under their popular names.