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Articles Tagged European goldfinch

A Bird, A Boy, & A Painting: Donna Tartt’s Goldfinch

The European goldfinch is a small bird with a red face, black and white head, warm brown upper parts and whiter underparts. The male has a dark mask just behind the eye. This seventeenth century oil on wood painting by Calen Febritius captures the life of a pet goldfinch, no doubt kept for its cheery