Bullfinch is a name given to two groups of passerine birds.

The true bullfinches are thick-billed finches in the passerine family Fringillidae. They comprise the genus "Pyrrhula". These birds are restricted to the Old World, and are:

* Brown Bullfinch, "Pyrrhula nipalensis"
* White-cheeked Bullfinch, "Pyrrhula leucogenis"
* Orange Bullfinch, "Pyrrhula aurantiaca"
* Red-headed Bullfinch, "Pyrrhula erythrocephala"
* Grey-headed Bullfinch, "Pyrrhula erythaca"
* Eurasian Bullfinch, "Pyrrhula pyrrhula"
* Azores Bullfinch, "Pyrrhula murina"

There is an unrelated group of New World birds also named as bullfinches because of their superficial resemblances to the above species. These passerines were placed in the large bunting and American "sparrow" family Emberizidae, but are now considered tanagers (Thraupidae). Three are in the genus "Loxigilla":

* Puerto Rican Bullfinch, "Loxigilla portoricensis"
* Greater Antillean Bullfinch, "Loxigilla violacea"
* Lesser Antillean Bullfinch, "Loxigilla noctis"

The fourth is
* Cuban Bullfinch, "Melopyrrha nigra"

External links

* [http://ibc.hbw.com/ibc/phtml/familia.phtml?idFamilia=195 Bullfinch videos] on the Internet Bird Collection

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