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There are approximately 122 species in this family of finches . They are found in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. These finches are best recognized by their thick, cone-shaped bills used for cracking seeds. Although other seed-eating perching birds have similar bills, these finches are typically rosy or yellow in color. One interesting thing about these finches is that the parents leave their youngs poop in the nest. Most other birds will remove it!

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. "Fringillidae" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed May 27, 2024 at

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